Senate Vote On Barrett Could Happen AFTER Election, Mitch McConnell Says

( Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that the Senate vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, may not take place before the election after all.

During an interview with Brett Baier on Fox News, McConnell said that there were no Constitutional barriers that would stop the senate voting to confirm Judge Barrett after the election, given that the current senate was elected to serve until a new Congress in January. It would mean that Republicans would not need to rush the hearings process of the appointment, and could vote on Judge Barrett after the madness of the elections has ended.

“Well, this Republican Senate was elected for a term that ends in January of next year,” McConnell said to Baier. “The president was elected for a four-year term that ends Jan. 20 of next year.”

He explained that there are “no reduced constitutional prerogatives during either of our tenures.”

“And in fact, Brett, you will remember two years ago when my party actually gained two seats in the Senate while we were losing the House, the biggest issue in the campaign was a Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh,” he added.

McConnell confirmed that he has yet to decide when a confirmation vote will take place, but hasn’t explicitly ruled out that the vote could take place before the election. He did, however, say that he anticipates Barrett leaving the committee and hearings on October 22.

The Senate Majority Leader said that he thinks that’s a “pretty likely outcome” and that they would decide when to go forward once the hearings are over.

The hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett were initially expected by many to be as hostile and controversial as the hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. During those hearings, Democratic lawmakers – including vice-presidential nominee for the Democrats, Senator Kamala Harris – pressed Kavanaugh over accusations of him being a “gang rapist.” The accusations turned out to be baseless and Kavanaugh was approved by the Senate.

After several Democratic lawmakers suggested that they plan to boycott the hearings, however, they may not be all that controversial after all.

McConnell told Fox that he intended to make the appointment of Barret a centerpiece of his campaign to be re-elected.

“The pending nomination I think is a big asset,” he told Baier. “I’m happy to put this nominee front and center in my campaign. I’m happy to tell voters of Kentucky my opponent would oppose this outstanding nominee. I support her.”