Lindsey Graham: Senate Judiciary Committee ‘Ready to Go to Work’ Once Trump Names SCOTUS Pick
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday his Committee is “ready to go to work” as soon as Trump announces his nominee to replace Justice Kennedy.
“The president has a lot of good names. The ones I’m familiar with I’m very pleased with. We’ll see what the president does. But as soon as we get a name we’ll go to work to get the person confirmed,” Senator Graham said in an interview with The Hill.
Lindsey Graham isn’t always in President Trump’s corner like this so it’s nice to see his Committee is ready to confirm the President’s pick for SCOTUS.
As soon as we get a name we’ll go to work to get the person confirmed. https://t.co/tAmaLOd0Lv
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 28, 2018
President Trump is reportedly choosing Justice Kennedy’s replacement from a list of 25 judges – the same list he chose Justice Neil Gorsuch from last year.
Earlier Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed back on Trump’s plan to get his nominee to replace Justice Kennedy confirmed before the midterm elections.
Schumer demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) abide by the ‘Biden Rule’ when deciding to confirm a Supreme Court Justice.
The ‘Biden Rule’ essentially calls for confirmations to be halted during an election year.
Schumer laughably said if the Senate confirms a Justice during the election year, it would be the “height of hypocrisy.”
Presidential election years are different from midterm election years. Obama’s second SCOTUS nominee, Elena Kagan was confirmed in August of 2010, an election year.
Too bad, Cryin Chuck, the Senate Judiciary is ready to confirm the new SCOTUS pick immediately; elections have consequences.