Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham raised some eyebrows over the weekend when he made a comment about Supreme Court vacancies.
During an interview on “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren,” the South Carolina said if there’s a vacancy on the High Court in 2020, Senate Republicans would work to confirm a nominee.
When asked about Senate Republicans rejecting hearings back in 2016 when former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace the late-Antonin Scalia, Graham noted how the circumstances are different.
“Well, Merrick Garland was a different situation. You had the president of one party nominating, and you had the Senate in the hands of the other party. A situation where you’ve got them both would be different. I don’t want to speculate, but I think appointing judges is a high priority for me in 2020,” Graham said.
“If you look into the history of the country, there had not been an occasion where somebody was confirmed in a presidential election year after primary started when you had divided government,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also said the Senate would consider nominations to the Supreme Court this year.
“As soon as we get back in session, we’ll start confirming judges again. We need to have hearings, and we need to confirm judges. … The pandemic will not prevent us from achieving that goal,” McConnell said last month. “My motto for the year is to leave no vacancy behind. That hasn’t changed.”
Earlier this year, McConnell argued that the situation is different now than in 2016 because the Senate and the White House are now controlled by Republicans.
“Let me remind you what I said in 2016. I said you’d have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy on the Supreme Court occurring during a presidential election year was confirmed by a Senate of a different party than the President. That was the situation in 2016. That would not be the situation in 2020,” he said.
It didn’t take long for liberals to lose their minds:
Tired: "It's an election year. Let the people decide."
Now: "We have all the power!!"https://t.co/9FstvIq9ox
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) May 18, 2020
When it comes to the courts, Lindsey Graham and his fellow Republicans care about one thing: power.https://t.co/AFCnkBGH0R
— Demand Justice (@WeDemandJustice) May 18, 2020
— A Big Big a Brian (@BigBigaBrain) May 18, 2020
Republican Lindsey Graham: Supreme Court election year vacancy ‘would be different’ this time from Merrick Garland in 2016
— Raw Story (@RawStory) May 17, 2020
Trump and Senate Republicans have already been nominating and appointing judges at a breakneck pace.
The Senate has already confirmed 193 judges nominated by Trump.
This milestone is a very big deal.
Recent analysis shows that Trump could appoint 30 percent of all federal judges currently on the bench by the end of his first term.
And if Trump wins re-election in 2020 and serves another four years — it’s more than likely that he will have appointed more than 50 percent of all federal judges when he leaves office in 2024.
Trump’s judicial appointments also include two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
That’s certainly a historic accomplishment, and the Republican-controlled Senate is reshaping the federal courts across the country for decades to come.
Senate Minority Leader Chuch Schumer and Democrats have been losing a lot lately on key battles. Below are a few examples:
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