Graham: ‘I Now Have a Different View’ on Judicial Confirmation Process After Kavanaugh’s Mistreatment

Melanie Arter | September 21, 2020 | 4:57pm EDT
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo by ANNA MONEYMAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo by ANNA MONEYMAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) now has a different view on the judicial confirmation process, and his Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee are to blame.

In a letter to told Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham said on Monday that the way Democrats on the committee treated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has changed his view on Supreme Court judicial nominees.

When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Barack Obama’s lame duck presidency. We did so. We followed the precedent that the Senate followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.

Because our Senate majority committed to confirming President Trump’s excellent judicial nominees – and particularly because we committed to supporting his Supreme Court nominees – the American people expanded the Republican majority in 2018. We should honor that mandate. Also unlike in 2016, President Trump is up for reelection: the people will have a say in his choices.

Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial confirmation process. Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president.

I therefore think it is important that we proceed expeditiously to process any nomination made by President Trump to fill this vacancy. I am certain if the shoe were on the other foot, you would do the same.

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