See statements, below, from Senators Kaine and Warner. Of course, ruthless/evil/Machiavellian Mitch McConnell doesn’t give a crap, but might as well call him out for his massive hypocrisy, I suppose…
KAINE STATEMENT ON FILLING JUSTICE KENNEDY’S SUPREME COURT SEAT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court:
“The Republican Senate leadership established a clear precedent when it refused to take up the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland: Do not fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year. It is only fair that this precedent should also be applied to the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy only four months before the 2018 mid-term election.
“Let the American public speak in November about their desires for the direction of the Court and the country. We can then contemplate filling the vacancy.”
STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER
~ On the Supreme Court vacancy ~
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement on the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:
“I am grateful to Justice Kennedy for his many decades of service to our country, and wish him all the best in his retirement.
“In just four months, the American people will determine the makeup of the United States Senate. Given the precedent set by Leader McConnell in 2016, it is only appropriate that the Senate wait until the new Congress is seated to consider any nomination to the Supreme Court.”