Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is calling on Republicans to “follow the rule they set in 2016 — not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year,” adding that “anything but that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy.”
“Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president’s nominee and their voices deserve to be heard,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
He said “anything by that would be the absolute height of hypocrisy.”
Schumer: “Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016: Not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year.” (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/GC3JcxFUp7
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Justice Anthony Kennedy, a key swing vote on the Supreme Court, announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) announced shortly afterwards that he plans for the Senate to vote “this fall” on Kennedy’s successor.
The Hill added:
McConnell kept the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia vacant for more than a year after he died in February 2016.
The GOP leader blocked a hearing and vote on Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee at the time, arguing that voters should weigh in during the 2016 presidential election on the ideological balance of the high court.
The move allowed Trump to appoint Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court shortly after taking office in 2017.