The federal judge is thought to be one of President Donald Trump's front-running contenders to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court.
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."
McConnell said the Senate has an "obligation" to fill the vacant seat.
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."
The ACLU, which has opposed only four Supreme Court nominees in its 100-year history, may come out against its first non-white male nominee should U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett remain at the top of President Donald Trump's list of potential nominees.
The silver lining immersed within the bitter partisan squabbling that will ensue for the next few weeks is that Democrats feel they now have another hot-button issue that could drive their supporters to the ballot box.
"We're simply too close to the election, and in the interest of being fair to the American people," the Republican senator said.
Republicans could lose control of the Senate in November and still confirm Trump's nominee, but it's unlikely Democrats will let that happen without a fight.
"My liberal friends have over many decades gotten very used to the idea of having a liberal court," the Utah Republican senator said.
As Republicans rush to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat, power, principle and the GOP's future hang in the balance.
Both moderate Democrats have not only stated they oppose rushing to fill a vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—they have blasted Mitch McConnell for pushing to confirm a nominee before the election.
The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who graduated from Columbia law school, left only graduates from Harvard and Yale on the Supreme Court.
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."
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell now has the Republican majority needed to move forward with confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
The Democratic presidential candidate hasn't released a list of potential candidates for the high court. But legal experts say the pool of qualified prospects is small enough to make some very good educated guesses about who the former veep might nominate if he wins in November.
Republicans have broken our democratic institutions, and Democrats must lead in fixing them.
Half of registered voters (50 percent) expressed support for delaying the process until after the election, the Politico/Morning Consult poll survey found.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death created a vacancy on the nation's highest court, just weeks before the presidential election.
The Republican National Committee video montage of prominent Democrats uses the tagline: "2020 Democrats should listen to 2016 Democrats."
Arguments about packing the Supreme Court are laying bare the divisions within the Democratic Party following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Don't let anyone tell you this issue is governed by other legal provisions, vague "norms" or historical "precedents" such as the so-called "Biden Rule." There are only two principles that apply, both rooted in Article II of the Constitution.
Democrats have guaranteed that politics will dominate the Ginsburg seat, but there is no constitutional reason for the politicization otherwise. The Constitution allows Trump to nominate someone for a vacancy right up until his term expires.
The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has accused Republicans of disrespecting the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in their rush to choose a successor.
The Democratic presidential candidate has avoided discussing the prospect of adding further justices, though has previously spoken against such suggestions.
Senator Lindsey Graham has suggested Democrats will do everything possible to keep the vacant Supreme Court seat open.
The Colorado senator has said he will support a "qualified nominee" who will "protect our constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law," should one be put forward.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said she opposed the idea of abolishing the filibuster, earning condemnation from many Democrats and progressives.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said Republicans want to "tilt" the U.S. Supreme Court "so that it doesn't reflect the values of the majority of Americans."
U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Lagoa, one of President Donald Trump's top choices to potentially replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a practicing Catholic who favors the legal philosophy of Constitutional originalism.