In 'Cordial Meeting' With Garland, Ayotte Explains Opposition to Hearings

Apr 14, 2016

Kelly Ayotte
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U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte had what she described as a cordial meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland Wednesday.

Ayotte is among a group of Republicans who have been willing to meet with President Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia, but who remain opposed to holding hearings or a vote.

In a statement released after Wednesday’s meeting, Ayotte says she thanked Garland for her service, and spoke with him about his background and judicial philosophy.

Ayotte also explained to Garland why she believes the confirmation process should wait until after the presidential election in November.

Democrats, including U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, have called on Republicans to schedule confirmation hearings and give Garland an up or down vote.