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McConnell pledges to bring Trump’s Supreme Court replacement pick up for a vote

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday cast an immediate spotlight on the vacancy on the high court, with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to bring US President Donald Trump’s nominee to a vote with just over six weeks before the election.

McConnell, in a statement released just over an hour after Ginsburg’s death was announced, declared unequivocally that Trump’s nominee would receive a vote, even though the Republican-controlled Senate, led by McConnell, refused to give president Barack Obama’s pick a vote in the months ahead of the 2016 election.

“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell, a chief ally of the president in Congress, said in his statement.

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