Senate leader Mitch McConnell vowed to put President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to a vote within hours of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death being announced, sparking outrage among Democrats.
Thousands gathered outside the court on Friday night to pay tribute to the woman who had become affectionately known as “The Notorious RBG”.
McConnell promised to act quickly, despite the election six weeks away.
Joe Biden has insisted a replacement should only take place after the poll.
Justice Ginsburg, 87, died on Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, DC, surrounded by her family.
Ginsberg was the second-ever woman to sit on the Supreme Court, and had become a figurehead for liberals in the US. She was an iconic champion of women’s rights.
Watch as President Trump reacts to news of the death of Justice Ginsberg: