ICYMI: Inhofe Talks to FOX Business about SCOTUS Nomination
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) talked to Neil Cavuto on FOX Business’ about why he opposes the president’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Inhofe spoke about why he took Judge Garland’s call and said that while he deeply respects Judge Garland's Oklahoma connections, this is about a process and not the person.
During the interview Inhofe said, “It doesn’t make any difference who you are, I’m not going to support anyone nominated by Obama, during this election year… Even if the president should nominate George W. Bush, I wouldn’t confirm him either during this time.”
When asked to source the precedent for the Senate to not consider a SCOTUS nominee during an election year, Inhofe pointed out that the last time a vacancy arose during an election year and was filled by a Senate from a party opposite of the president was in 1888, or 128 years ago.
On March 16, Inhofe released his statement about the president’s nomination to the Supreme Court stating that while he will evaluate the nomination of Judge Garland, he firmly believes the next president should be the one to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. In his statement, Inhofe said, “President Obama has worked to ram through his liberal agenda by way of executive actions, of which many are now tied up in the courts. This has created a situation where we need to be cautious as to who will fill the vacancy left behind by Justice Scalia. It makes the current presidential election all that more important as not only are the next four years in play, but an entire generation of Americans who will be impacted by the balance of the court and its rulings.”
On March 9, Inhofe spoke on the Senate floor about his intention to oppose a Supreme Court nomination during this presidential election cycle and read copies of letters sent to his office by Oklahomans regarding their opposition to any Senate action on an Obama nominee.