Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to fill potential Supreme Court vacancies amid the 2020 election.
McConnell made the remarks Tuesday during a luncheon saying, “What can’t be undone is a lifetime appointment to a young man or woman who believes in the quaint notion that the job of the judge is to follow the law.”
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The top GOP Senator continued, “That’s the most important thing for the country, which cannot be undone.”
McConnell reminisced on how he did not consider Obama’s pick Merrick Garland during 2016 election to fill the spot of late Justice Antonin Scalia.
He suggested his Democratic counterparts would have done the same if they found themselves in the same situation.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 20, 2019
McConnell also went on to say the decision was the biggest of his career within the upper chamber, and it was important to him the American people vote for who they supported to dictate the vacancy.
He has also emphasized he made his decision the way he did because a different party held the majority in the Senate than the executive branch.
Upon taking office, McConnell’s decision paved the way for President Trump to fill the vacancy by nominating Justice Neil Gorusch in January 2017.