Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., on Sunday declared Republicans in the Senate are following the “Joe Biden rule” that allows a vote on a new Supreme Court nominee ahead of an imminent presidential election.
“In 2016 …we were following the Joe Biden rule,” Barrasso said of GOP senators’ resistance to then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“When there is a Senate of one party and the White House of another, and a Supreme Court vacancy, we will not confirm,” he quoted the Biden rule as saying.
“Twenty-nine times there have been vacancies” when both the Senate and White House are from one party and “they go forward.”
President Donald Trump’s aim to nominate a successor for the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death “is completely consistent with precedent,” Barrasso declared.
When host Chuck Todd remarked it “sounds like a power grab,” Barrasso batted back.
“When you have both parties in the White House and Senate, historically the confirmation goes forward and that’s what’s going to happen here,” he declared.
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