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Blumenthal Says Leave Ginsburg Seat Vacant Until After Election

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Lauren Victoria Burke
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said that President Donald Trump should not nominate, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should not proceed with any confirmation hearings to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice.

"This close to the election, there is no way that the United States Senate can or should act before the voters decide", Blumenthal said.

He pointed out McConnell's refusal to set a confirmation process for Merrick Garland, who was nominated by President Obama to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat.

Blumenthal called Ginsburg a "giant" who broke down barriers with "courage and conviction".