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Trump to announce crucial Supreme Court pick on Saturday

Washington President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will announce his pick on Saturday for the crucial Supreme Court seat left open by the death of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as Republicans firmed up their majority to vote on the nominee.
The vacancy would be the third filled by Trump, meaning he could shift the nation’s high court to the right for decades to come -- perhaps even if he loses his bid for a second term.
“I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA,” Trump said.
Trump had originally indicated he would reveal his choice early this week, but delayed out of respect for the memorial services for Ginsburg taking place in the capital.
He has said he will choose a woman for the lifetime post.
On Capitol Hill, the Republicans -- who control the Senate, which votes to confirm Supreme Court nominees -- solidified their majority to ensure the candidate gets a vote.
Although two Republican senators said they believed the upper chamber of Congress should not vote on a pre-election Trump pick, the party’s 53-47 majority is still just big enough to go ahead. (AFP)