Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Mitch McConnell Won’t Say if SCOTUS Hearings Would Happen if GOP Wins at Midterms; McConnell Won’t Commit to Hearings for Biden SCOTUS Picks if GOP Retakes Senate

Mitch McConnell won’t say if SCOTUS hearings would happen if GOP wins at midterms:
Could Ketanji Brown Jackson be President Biden’s first and only Supreme Court nomination?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to say Thursday whether he would commit to holding hearings to fill a possible Supreme Court vacancy in 2023 if Republicans take back the Senate later this year.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan pressed the Republican leader on the issue, recalling McConnell’s decision in 2016 not to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland because it was an election year.
“Can you make a commitment to the American public here today that you would at least hold hearings on President Biden’s nominee?” Swan asked.
“Most hypotheticals I don’t answer. And that whole question puts the cart before the horse,” McConnell said. “We’re hoping to get into the majority as a result of this year’s election.” --->READ MORE HERE
Photo: Chuck Kennedy for Axios
McConnell won’t commit to hearings for Biden SCOTUS picks if GOP retakes Senate:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he won't commit to hearings for a potential Supreme Court nominee if he's the Senate Majority Leader leading up to the 2024 election.
Driving the news: The Senate minority leader told Axios’ Jonathan Swan that he won't "put the cart before the horse," but would expect President Biden to moderate if Republicans retake Congress.
  • "What I can tell you for sure, if House and Senate are Republican next year, the president will finally be the moderate he campaigned as," he said. 
  • McConnell refused to answer whether he was devising an argument against holding a potential hearing on a Supreme Court nominee next year.
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