In an off-camera dialog, Politico reporter John Bresnahan requested McConnell about his well being and the way he’s feeling. McConnell, the senior Republican senator from Kentucky, didn’t reply the query and in response to a observe up on if there’s something concerning his well being that folks ought to know, McConnell mentioned, “After all not.”
McConnell, at age 78, is simply the newest high-profile politician to be the topic of health-related hypothesis. Notably, each President Trump, particularly after being recognized with the coronavirus, and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have confronted questions on their well being. Biden is 77 and Trump is 74.
McConnell has held important affect underneath the Trump administration because the Senate majority chief, placing an emphasis on lifetime judicial appointments, whereas confirming 218 Article III judges previously 4 years. Article III of the Structure governs the appointment, tenure, and fee of Supreme Court docket justices, in addition to federal circuit and district courtroom judges
McConnell is within the strategy of main one more a type of lifetime appointments via the Senate — this time Supreme Court docket nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Within the trade with Politico’s Bresnahan, McConnell additionally spoke in regards to the timing of the ultimate affirmation vote for Barrett. He predicted that the vote could be “most likely Monday night, early.” That might imply the “cloture” vote — a procedural vote taken to finish debate on the nomination — is more likely to occur late morning or early afternoon on Sunday, after McConnell brings the Barrett nomination to the ground of the Senate on Friday.
Republicans nearly actually have the votes to substantiate Barrett with solely two members of their 53-person caucus saying they object to the timing of the affirmation effort instantly forward of a presidential election. Meaning Republicans may afford one surprising defection, or member unable to make it to the Senate flooring if recognized with the coronavirus, and nonetheless have Vice President Pence in a position to break a tie vote.
Fox Information’ Jason Donner contributed to this report.