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McConnell Open to 2020 Supreme Court Confirmation

If Republicans retain control of the Senate, the majority leader says he’s open to considering filling more Supreme Court vacancies in the next two years, if one opens.

By NTK Staff | 10.08.2018 @10:45am
McConnell Open to 2020 Supreme Court Confirmation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in interviews on Sunday that he would be open to considering Supreme Court nominees in 2020 – a presidential year – if Republicans retain control of the Senate and one were to open up.

While this may appear to be a contradiction of the “Biden Rule,” which Republicans used to block the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland in President Obama’s final year in office, McConnell drew a key distinction:

Speaking to both Fox News and CBS News on Sunday, McConnell would not rule out seeking to confirm a nominee if there is a Supreme Court vacancy in the final year of President Donald Trump’s first term in 2020, assuming the GOP holds onto the Senate in this November’s midterms. McConnell instead seemed to suggest that presidents don’t get Supreme Court nominees confirmed in a presidential election year — if the Senate is controlled by the opposite political party.

“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time a Senate controlled by a party different from the president filled a vacancy on the Supreme Court that was created in the middle of a presidential election year,” McConnell said on Fox News. “That’s been the history.”

When asked directly about confirming a 2020 Supreme Court nominee, McConnell said “[w]e will see if there’s a vacancy in 2020.”

“What I did was entirely consistent with what the history of the Senate has been in that situation going back to 1880,” McConnell said on CBS News on Sunday.

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