Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren on Coulter: 'Let her speak' Balanced regulatory reform the only realistic solution to CFPB divisiveness Chris Christie gives Trump a 'B' on presidency so far MORE (D-Mass.) says Republicans are insulting President Obama and Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by refusing to consider the judge in a hearing.
“This has really just taken off in a direction that is a direct insult to the president, it is a direct insult to the Constitution and now it is a direct insult to Judge Garland,” she said on “CBS This Morning" on Thursday.
Warren accused Senate Republicans of shirking their professional duties.
“Filling a Supreme Court nomination is one of the most solemn tasks undertaken by this government,” she said. "This isn’t supposed to be a circus. It’s not supposed to be some kind of crazy political process.
“Now it is our job in the United States Senate to hold hearings, to examine [Garland’s] credentials and then to have a vote on him. That’s what the Constitution calls for. That’s what advise and consent means. We want Judge Garland to come over.”
Obama on Wednesday nominated Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Garland, the chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, swore he would practice “fidelity” to the Constitution if placed on the nation’s highest court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP gives ground on border wall, deportation in spending talks Trump nominates two new DOD officials McConnell signals Republican-only path on tax reform MORE (R-Ky.) insisted later Wednesday that GOP senators will not conduct hearings on any Supreme Court nomination made by Obama.
Many Republicans have argued that replacing Scalia should be left to the next president.