Republicans reject Supreme Court pick, even if Democrats win

  • 21/03/2016
Merrick Garland (Reuters)
Merrick Garland (Reuters)

US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled out the possibility the Senate could confirm President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee in a "lame duck" congressional session after the November presidential election.

McConnell was asked whether Republicans might decide to confirm Obama's nominee Merrick Garland late this year if Democrats win in November.

This would open up the possibility of a Democratic president sending the Senate a more liberal nominee next year.

"I can't imagine that a Republican majority Congress, in a lame duck session, after the American people have spoken, would want to confirm" Garland, McConnell told CNN, answering "yes" when asked if he ruled it out completely.