On Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Shortly after, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) responded by saying that the Senate would work to find a successor this fall.
McConnell stated, “We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall.”
However, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, stated that she wants to apply what she called the “McConnell standard” on the vote. What she meant by the “McConnell standard” is waiting until after the midterm elections to vote on a Supreme Court justice.
She stated, “Leader McConnell set that standard in 2016 when he denied Judge [Merrick] Garland a hearing for nearly a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard.”
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Feinstein added, “We’re now four months away from an election to determine the party that will control the Senate. There should be no consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the American people have a chance to weigh in.
Feinstein’s statement comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said something similar. Schumer stated it would be the “height of hypocrisy” if Republicans would vote on a replacement for Kennedy before the midterms.
Below is Feinstein’s full statement:
Top Dem on Judiciary Cmte, @SenFeinstein wants to wait until after election to consider Kennedy’s replacement: “Leader McConnell set that standard in 2016 when he denied Judge Garland a hearing for nearly a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard.” pic.twitter.com/Aau3sCi7Tc
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 27, 2018
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