Report: Some GOP Senators Say They’d at Least Meet With Judge Garland

Susan CollinsFox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram fired off a handful of tweets early Wednesday afternoon that appear to recap conversations he had with a number of Republican Senators about the nomination of Garland Merrick to the Supreme Court.

A review of those tweets reveals that at least some GOP Senators told Pergram that they would be willing to at least meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Garland Merrick.  Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) all told Pergram that they would be willing to meet with Garland.

GOP Sens Collins, Flake & Inhofe say they would be willing to at least meet w#SCOTUSnominee Garland.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 16, 2016

Sen. Collins went even further, saying she believes the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a hearing on Garland’s nomination, seemingly making her the first Republican to openly break with the party line announced earlier on Wednesday by Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) told Pergram that they would not meet with the nominee.

Lastly, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) told Pergram that he believed it is a very important position and he would give consideration to any nominee, however, he did not elaborate further.  

[h/t Chad Pergram Twitter; image via screengrab

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