Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearing live updates: ‘We have the votes,’ McConnell says of nomination

When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, Republicans refused to consider Garland’s nomination for months, saying the voters should have a say in choosing the president in the November election and that that individual would fill the court vacancy.

“Look at the words of my colleagues in this committee,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), imploring the panel to “allow the winner of the election to pick this nominee” while adding that millions of Americans are voting.

In 2016, in defending the delay on Garland, Graham had said: “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said, ‘Let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination,’ ” he said. “And you could use my words against me and you’d be absolutely right.”

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