Grassley on Supreme Court stand: I don't care if I go down in history
© Greg Nash

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley: 'Good chance' Senate panel will consider bills to protect Mueller Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R-Iowa) says he doesn't care how history judges him for refusing to consider President Obama's next nominee for the Supreme Court.

“Do you think I spend my days wondering about how Chuck Grassley will go down in history?” he told reporters on Wednesday, according to The Des Moines Register.

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"I don’t care if I ever go down in history,” added Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I’m here to do my job.”

Grassley waved off criticism from Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) that he ranks among the “most obstructionist” lawmakers ever.

“I’ve been a leader on the Judiciary Committee for the last five years, first as ranking member and now as chairman,” he said.

"I think Congress has passed more than 320 judges and only disapproved two,” Grassley continued about his tenure. "So, if I wanted to obstruct, I could obstruct. But I think this proves we haven’t been doing that.”

Senate Republican Judiciary members vowed Tuesday not to hold hearings or votes on any nominee Obama taps to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

GOP lawmakers say the seat should be filled after the 2016 election, a stance Democrats have blasted.

Grassley said nominating a new justice would be an exercise in futility for Obama.

“Just think of the waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said. "If you’ve already got the Senate saying this ought to be put off — and the important words are let the people have a voice — then you’d be wasting that million dollars if it’s already a forgone conclusion.

“Not very often do the people have a chance to express the view on, ‘Do you want a very liberal person put on the court or a conservative person put on the court?’” Grassley said, urging that the nomination wait until after the election. 

“So you’ve got an opportunity [with Democratic presidential front-runner] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain MORE on one hand and whoever our Republican nominee is on the other hand. It highlights the importance of the Supreme Court."