Reid: GOP could confirm Supreme Court nominee in lame-duck session
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) suggested Friday that Republicans could confirm Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland at the end of the year if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE wins the election. 

"I think they’re going to be faced with a reality that maybe we should take this more moderate judge than somebody that Hillary Clinton would give us," he said in Las Vegas Friday. 

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Reid, however, said it would be "foolish" to wait until the lame-duck session, adding "if they’re willing to do it in lame duck, why don’t they do it now?" 
 
 
Reid's comments come after a small group of Republicans publicly floated taking up Garland, widely considered a moderate, during the lame-duck session if their party loses the November election. 

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House Flake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense MORE (R-Ariz.) told reporters last week that "for those of us are concerned about the direction of the court, and wanting at least the more centrist figure, between him and somebody that President Clinton might nominate, I think the choice is clear, in a lame duck."

Republican leadership, however, quickly tried to shut down speculation that the Senate would potentially allow President Obama's nominee to move forward. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Hoyer suggests Dems won't support spending bill without DACA fix MORE (R-Texas), the Senate's No. 2 Republican, called a lame-duck vote a "terrible idea," suggesting it went against the GOP's strategy of letting the people and the next president decide. 

McConnell also ruled out a lame-duck vote during an interview Sunday with CNN's "State of the Union."

Reid, however, added Friday that the GOP plan to deny Garland a hearing, vote and, in many cases, a meeting amounted to "dumb advice" from leadership.