Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, and Susan Collins Have Mentioned They Received’t Vote For SCOTUS Nominee Throughout An Election


Republicans Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) have all stated up to now that they might not vote to verify a SCOTUS nominee in an election 12 months.

Right here is Graham in 2018:

In 2018, Grassley said about a potential 2020 vacancy:

Grassley cited the “Biden Rule” — a suggestion stemming from a speech given by then-Senator Joe Biden in 1992 — which contends {that a} emptiness on the Supreme Court docket in a presidential election 12 months ought to be left open so the American individuals can have a say in who makes the choice.

This rule was adopted in 2016 when Grassley refused to carry hearings for Merrick Garland, then-President Barack Obama’s nominee. If there’s a emptiness in 2020, Grassley stated he’ll observe the identical rule, although he stated each President Trump and Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell wouldn’t agree with him.

Susan Collins stated earlier this month that she would not vote to confirm a brand new Supreme Court docket justice in October as a result of she feels that it’s too near the election:

Graham is tied with Democrat Jaime Harrison in South Carolina, Collins is trailing in her bid for reelection, and Grassley just isn’t up for reelection.

Graham is prone to change his place. Grassley may change his, and Collins would possibly refuse to vote for a nominee in October as her on final gasp gesture of moderation to avoid wasting her Senate seat. Sufficient Republicans are on report as opposing jamming a Supreme Court docket nominee by way of that they might block Trump and McConnell’s plan, however the actuality is that none of those spineless senators will be trusted and Democrats ought to be able to battle.

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