Here is how USA's Supreme Court justice is selected
Donald Trump has said that he will announce the nominee by the end of this week
22 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will then question the candidate
One of the committee members is Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate
President Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate someone by the end of this week to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Till then, let's take a look at the procedure of how exactly a nominee becomes the Supreme Court justice in the US.
Nine justices serve in the US' top-most court.
The President nominates the candidate and the Senate votes to confirm.
Trump has said that he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday.
The 22 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will then question the candidate in a public hearing.
One of the committee members is Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential candidate, a former prosecutor and Calfornia senator.
If the majority of the committee members approve the candidate, then the candidacy moves to Senate. A simple 51-vote majority is needed to confirm the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
Republicans currently hold 53 of 100 seats in the Senate. Although two of them opposed the rushed voting for Supreme Court nominee.
In case, three of the Republicans vote against the candidate, the GOP will still have enough votes: Vice President Mike Pence has the decisive vote in case of a 50-50 tie.
Now, here is the interesting part. According to a 2018 congressional report, it took an average of nearly 70 days to move from a nomination to a final vote in the Senate.
And only 43 days left for the presidential election.