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President Trump and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will continue as scheduled, despite President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for coronavirus, three Senate GOP aides tell Axios and Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham later confirmed.

Between the lines: Barrett has been in close contact with several top White House aides, including Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who may have been exposed to the virus.

  • She has also met with several senators this week ahead of her confirmation hearings, which are slated to begin on Oct. 12.
  • White House spokesperson Judd Deere told Axios that Barrett, who was with Trump last Saturday, is tested daily for COVID-19, and that she tested negative on Friday.
  • "She is following CDC guidance and best practices, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequently washes hands," Deere said.
  • Democratic leadership could not immediately be reached for comment.

What they're saying: Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters Friday that he and Trump spoke earlier that morning, and said the first thing Trump asked him was about the status of Barrett's hearings.

  • Graham said he told Trump: “We’re on track, we’re in a good spot, she’s going to get confirmed and we’ll start on Oct the 12th.”

Worth noting: Even if Democrats were to resist hearings in person, the Senate has conducted several virtual high-level hearings throughout the pandemic.

  • Barrett's confirmation hearings will also have a virtual option.

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Manchin says he will "absolutely not" support $2,000 stimulus checks as first priority

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) told the Washington Post Friday that he would "absolutely not" support passing a round of $2,000 stimulus checks as a first priority, a key component of President-elect Joe Biden's economic revival plans.

The latest: A spokesperson clarified Manchin's comments after the Post story published Friday, saying the senator is not drawing a red line against $2,000 checks — only that it should be the first priority, as Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has stated.

House expected to introduce articles of impeachment next week

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The House is planning to introduce articles of impeachment against President Trump as early as Monday, several sources familiar with the Democrats' plans tell Axios.

What they're saying: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Friday night that if Trump doesn't immediately resign: "I have instructed the Rules Committee to be prepared to move forward with Congressman Jamie Raskin’s 25th Amendment legislation and a motion for impeachment."

"I want him out": GOP Sen. Murkowski calls on Trump to resign

Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told the Anchorage Daily News on Friday that she wants President Trump to resign, and if the GOP cannot separate itself from the president, she would "sincerely" question her future in the party.

Why it matters: Murkowski’s comments come as some Republicans signal they may be open to the possibility of removing Trump from office over his actions before, during and after Wednesday’s deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol.