Time: 5:09 p.m. CEST
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday shot down the idea of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland getting a hearing, the Hill published on Wednesday. McConnell insisted in a floor speech that vacancy should be filled by the next president, shortly after the President Barack Obama announced Garland as his nominee for the Supreme Court.
But, McConnell said that “the next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction.”
“The senate will continue to observe the ‘Biden Rule’ so the American people have a voice in this momentous decision. The American people may well elect a president who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next president may also nominate somebody very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in filling this vacancy, ” McConnell said as the Hill published.