Four Republican senators have said that they would not vote on a justice before the election. I am wondering about circumventing the risk of the senators following through on that by holding the vote right after the election.

Here's what I mean. The SCOTUS justice is put up for a vote during the lame duck session. This is done to minimize the risk of the senators saying no. It is also done to make sure the nominee is properly vetted.

Is there any public indication that Trump and McConnell are planning on this type of appointment to the Supreme Court? And, has this ever been done before in order to secure sufficient votes for a SCOTUS justice?

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    Not exactly. I want to know if there are any publicly known indications of this possibly taking place. Sep 19 '20 at 21:27
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    That’s likely speculation on future events, at least for now
    – divibisan
    Sep 20 '20 at 0:46
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    I think some of these 4 senators are up for reelection and their chances are not that great. So they may not be in the Senate in January.
    – markvs
    Sep 20 '20 at 0:59
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    a supporting source for "Four Republican senators have said..." would be good to include as it is a premise of the question
    – uhoh
    Sep 20 '20 at 2:50
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    @uhoh Murkowski, Collins, and Romney I believe have all said this, though prior to RBG's actual death, I think. The former chair of the Judiciary committee had once made this sort of statement, but he's recently backtracked and reversed on that (and he's not the chair anymore). I can't remember his name. Sep 20 '20 at 3:06

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