The source told CNN that Trump has specifically said he would prefer to choose Federal Appeals Judge Amy Connie Barrett, a favorite among religiously-minded people, but doubted he would gain the support of the U.S. Senate.
A senior administration official told CNN that the White House is ready to move “very quickly” on putting the nominee to replace Ginsberg when Trump hints at his intentions.
In a message to GOP senators on Friday, McConnell did not suggest a timeline for considering the nomination, but made it clear that he believes there is enough time to take a nomination this year. While nominees typically take two to three months to process, McConnell, who controls a Senate majority, can speed up the process.
The Conservatives are pushing McConnell behind the scenes to consider moving forward to fill the vacancy before the November election – by splitting the potential conference into which timeline is best.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News on Friday that he believes Trump should be nominated as a successor in court next week.
Ultimately, it will be McConnell’s decision and in the coming days it will make a decision not to take without the input of its members.
Speaking to reporters Saturday morning, White House Press Secretary Kyle McKinney was asked by CNN’s Joe Jones if President McConnell or other Senate Republicans are in contact on the next step.
“I’m not aware of that,” he said in response, adding that “right now, President Justice Ruth Bader is focused on honoring Ginsberg’s legacy.”
He asked Democratic presidential candidate John Biden to release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees so voters know where they are.
Ahead of the news of Ginsberg’s death, Biden told reporters on Friday that he did not think he would announce the names of potential Supreme Court candidates before the election.
The story has been updated with additional developments on Saturday.
CNN’s Sam Fossom, Joh Jones, Lure Ren Fox, Jim Acosta, Kevin Liptak, Caitlan Collins and Paul LeBlanc contributed to the report.
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