McConnell Reverses Course on Supreme Court Confirmation Rule to Favor His Party

Mitch McConnell, Speaking on Fox News Sunday
 
 
 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reversed course on his own rules that prevented Merrick Garland from becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

IN 2016, during President Obama's final year, McConnell declared, "the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President."

The Senate, under McConnell held no hearings and even refused to meet with the nominee. They eventually confirmed Neil Gorsuch as President Trump's Supreme Court pick to replace Antonin Scalia.

In the wake of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, McConnell is singing another tune.

"We simply followed the tradition in America, which is that if you have a Senate of a different party than the President you don't fill a vacancy created in a presidential (election) year," said McConnell on Fox News Sunday.

This would allow a Republican Senate to approve a Supreme Court Justice in Trump's final year in spite of their earlier choice under Obama.

Watch the interview below:

Image via screen capture from video source.

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