Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) mourned the death of the qualification test for judges’ confirmation in his closing remarks of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings.
The qualification test is “dead and buried with everybody but me,” Graham said, adding that Obama Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan would not have been confirmed by a Republican-majority Senate in the current political climate.
“There is no way you’ll ever convince me that Amy Coney Barrett is not qualified using any reasonable standards of qualification. If I applied to Justice Sotomayor and Kagan the standards you’re being imposed upon every Republican nominee since I’ve been here, I wouldn’t have voted for them,” he said, while giving Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) credit for voting to confirm John Roberts.
Graham said that the Kavanaugh hearings changed his opinion about confirming a nominee in an election year.
I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and watch one of our nominees be destroyed after showing respect for two Democratic nominees,” Graham said. “That is not right and I’m not going to do that.”
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