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Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

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Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives to meet with reporters following a Republican strategy session Tuesday at the Capitol in Washington. Republican efforts to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are moving swiftly this week, with President Trump expected to nominate a replacement on Saturday. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested.

Even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week, the president had tried to use likelihood of more Supreme Court vacancies to his political advantage. Now, as he closes in on a decision on her likely replacement, Trump has used the vacancy to appeal to battleground-state voters and as a rallying cry for his conservative base.

He also is increasingly embracing the high court – which he will have had an outsized hand in reshaping – as an insurance policy in a close election.

Increases in mail, absentee and early voting brought about by the pandemic have already brought about a flurry of […]

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