Top Senate Republican tells Supreme Court nominee: Senate will not act

  • KEVIN LAMARQUE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by phone on Wednesday that Republicans will not act on his nomination or meet with him, a McConnell spokesman said."Rather than put Judge Garland through more unnecessary political routines orchestrated by the White House, the leader decided it would be more considerate of the nominee’s time to speak with him today by phone," McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said in a statement.

McConnell told the appellate court judge that "since the Senate will not be acting on this nomination, he would not be holding a perfunctory meeting, but he wished Judge Garland well," Stewart added.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Eric Beech)

This article was funded in part by SAP. It was independently created by the Reuters editorial staff. SAP had no editorial involvement in its creation or production.

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