Trump, speaking at an event at the White House, said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, would not even have to hold a hearing for the Supreme Court nominee and that the process would go quickly.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices,” Trump said when asked if a full complement of justices was needed to handle any challenges to the Nov. 3 election between him and Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump has cast doubt on the integrity of the election, saying without evidence that the use of mail-in balloting during the coronavirus would lead to fraud.
“This scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court, and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation,” he said.
Only one previous U.S. presidential election, the 2000 contest between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore, had its outcome determined by the Supreme Court.
- Do you believe, because they have the full complement of the Supreme Court to handle any--
DONALD TRUMP: Well, it's a great question, and a very fair question. Yes, I think it's very important. I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it's very important that we have nine justices, and I think the system is going to go very quickly.
I'll be submitting at 5 o'clock on Saturday the name of the person I chose for this most important of all positions. And I think we should go very quickly. You see the Republicans are very united.
As far as timing is concerned, we were elected. We have a lot of time. One justice was picked in 19 days, 19 days. We have-- we could do four at that rate, or five. Now we have a lot of time. No, before the election, and then you have after the election too. But in terms of time, we go to January 20th, but I think it's better if you go before the election. Because I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling-- it's a scam-- this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court.
And I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation if you get that. I don't know that you'd get that. I think it should be 8-0 or 9-0. But just in case, it would be more political than it should be. I think it's very important to have a ninth justice.