Illinois’ senior senator, Dick Durbin (D), had some strong words for the Senate Republican Majority Leader on Sunday.
Following a meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland last week, Senator Dick Durbin urged his fellow senators to hold a hearing on the president’s pick. Durbin said he left the meeting convinced Merrick is the right man for the job, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) refuses to hold a hearing in an election year. Durbin says denying Garland a hearing and a vote is unprecedented.
“It has never happened,” Sen. Durbin said Sunday. “What Senator McConnell is doing now defies the constitution, is disrespectful of that great document and disrespectful of the presidency.”
Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk broke ranks when he became the first Republican to meet with Garland. The vacancy leaves the Supreme Court split as it faces decisions on the President’s immigration actions in the coming weeks.