Getting a seat on the Supreme Court
President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are seeking a quick confirmation for a new Supreme Court justice. Nominees normally face a long road and intense scrutiny on their way to a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court:
NOTE: At any point in the process, the nominee may withdraw or the nomination may be revoked by the presdient.
SOURCE: Associated Press
The president nominates a candidate to fill a high court vacancy, generally after a vetting by the White House, FBI and other agencies to uncover red flags that could derail a nomination.
The nominee meets with individual senators to gain support, answers a lengthy questionnaire and sits for questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which vets the nominee’s qualifications and judicial history.
The committee votes to advance the nomination to the full Senate, with a recommendation to either approve or reject the nominee.
The full Senate debates the nomination.
It takes 51 votes to confirm the nominee.
The Senate has 53 Republicans.
Fewer than 51 votes
The nominee is confirmed to the court.
The nomnee is rejected and the process must start over.