The Senate majority leader's "checkerboard" approach will not end well for the Supreme Court, or for the Republicans.
A look back at what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump and others said about Obama's Supreme Court nominee back in 2016.
"I don't think it's dead at all," Larry Kudlow, the president's chief economic adviser, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
"You've got one major party in this country that has made no bones about the fact that they want to make it harder for some people to vote," Obama said.
The Senate majority leader's remarks only reaffirm the political reality of trying to forge a bipartisan agreement leading into a major election with a president who continues to offer about-face positions on whether he wants more economic relief before voters cast their ballots.
Senator Mitch McConnell said he hasn't been to the White House since August 6th because of they weren't strictly following virus protocols.
"There is a long and venerable tradition of ill or medically infirm senators being wheeled in to cast critical votes on the Senate floor," the Arkansas Republican said.
"It just depends on if they understand what we have to do to crush the virus," the Speaker of the House said.
"Your promise was that no judicial nominee should be approved during the last year of an election," Harrison told Graham during their first debate.
The Senate Majority Leader said five district court judges are set to be approved and he expects senators to return to Washington for work Monday.
"For many Senate Republicans, it will be the top line figure, regardless of the content," Senator Mike Braun of Indiana said.
"Today, Secretary Mnuchin and I had an extensive conversation and we found areas where we are seeking further clarification," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "Our conversations will continue."
"It was a very excellent opportunity for me to understand the judicial philosophy of Judge Barrett," the Utah Republican said after the meeting.
"I think we're hopeful that we can get something done," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
"Mostly, I'm looking for somebody that can interpret the Constitution as written," the president said.
The fierce political gamesmanship over Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat could ultimately be good for our country and for the Court too. Here's why
"Hey Mitch. We call BS," the activists wrote on Saturday. Hours later, Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
It is rare for members of the Big Four—the top leaders in both chambers—to miss such historic and significant ceremonies at the Capitol, particularly for those who lie in state.
48 percent of Democrats backed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices while only 20 percent of Republicans approved of the proposal.
The Senate race in Kentucky has seen some of the highest fundraising totals of any in the nation, though there are other Democrats who polling indicates are more likely to oust Republican incumbents elsewhere.
The same group of demonstrators who protested outside Senator Lindsey Graham's house earlier this week surrounded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home in Washington D.C. early Thursday morning.
The Senate minority leader said McConnell would "hurt his party" by trying to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant Supreme Court seat.
Governor Larry Hogan said pushing through Trump's nominee would be "a mistake," adding that the Senate shouldn't play "partisan games" with the process.
They had an obligation to their constituents in 2016 to stop Obama's nominee and they have an obligation to their constituents today to put through President Trump's. No qualifier needed. No phony, pretentious excuses.
The president relies on McConnell, Graham and a few others to help him keep his campaign promise to fill the federal courts with conservative judges. Now they're determined to appoint a third SCOTUS justice.
"As soon as I did that, things went through the roof," President Donald Trump said. "It was amazing how important it was."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court with an appointee from President Donald Trump was "very likely to happen."
In a statement issued on Monday, McConnell said that "President Trump's nominee for this vacancy will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate."