President Donald Trump has said he will appoint his nominee for Supreme Court justice by the end of the week, and requested the Republican-controlled Senate to approve his choice before the presidential election.
The plan has initiated a tenacious battle ahead of the 3 November vote.
Mr Trump wants to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart who died on Friday aged 87, with a conservative.
He ensues to have secured enough support in the Senate.
This would prop up a proper-leaning majority on the US’s highest court, where justices serve for life or until they decide to retire.
The conceptual balance of the nine-member court is key to its rulings on the most important issues in US law.
Democrats have condemn Mr Trump’s plan, alongside presidential candidate Joe Biden calling it an “abuse of power”.
In the interim, Ms Ginsburg is ready to become the first woman in history to be present in state in the US Capitol building later this week.
Resulting her death from cancer, people around the country have been paying tribute to the prominent feminist, who served on the court for 27 years.
On Monday, Mr Trump said he was “constitutionally obligated” to nominate someone for the Supreme Court.
“We’re looking at five incredible jurists… women that are extraordinary in every way. I mean, honestly, it could be anyone of them, and we’re going to be announcing it on Friday or Saturday,” he told supporters at a rally in Ohio.