U.S. President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish to wait until after the November election to replace her may have been "written by Adam Schiff, Schumer or Pelosi."
Following Ginsberg's death of complications with pancreatic cancer on Friday, NPR reported that she had given a statement to her granddaughter: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," it said.
Speaking to Fox &Friends, the president cast doubt on the statement. "I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi?" Trump said.
"I would be more inclined to the second. That came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful ... but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or shifty Schiff ... maybe she did and maybe she didn't," he added.
Trump also said he would push ahead with plans for his third U.S. Supreme Court nomination, which would cement a 6-3 conservative majority, as some Republicans wavered on whether to support the move weeks ahead of an election. The president added that he intends on announcing the nominee on Friday or Saturday after services for Ginsberg are over.
Democrats have accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of hypocrisy for being eager to usher a Trump nominee to a confirmation vote. In February 2016, he refused to hold a vote for a nominee of Democratic President Barack Obama following the death of conservative Antonin Scalia, saying it would be inappropriate in an election year.
Trump said a vote on his Supreme Court nominee should come before the November 3 election.
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"We won the election and we have the right to do so we have plenty of time, a lot of time," Trump told Fox. "The final vote should be taken frankly before the election. We have plenty of time for that."
Trump's rival in the November 3 contest, Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, has called on other Republican senators to join them, and allow the winner of the election to name the next Supreme Court justice.