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Flake mulls Garland nomination if White House win is in doubt

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on Sunday that his colleagues should approve President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee if it appears the Republican Party will lose the White House in November, softening his stance on Judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated by Obama to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

{mosads}”If we come to a point, I’ve said all along, where we’re going to lose the election, or we lose the election in November, then we ought to approve him quickly,”  Flake said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

“Because I’m certain that he’ll be more conservative than a Hillary Clinton nomination come January.” 

Flake is one of the few Senate Republicans to have met with Garland and called him a “man of accomplishment” who has “keen intellect.” The Arizona senator, however, had previously said the next president should pick the nominee. 

“I think Republicans are more than justified in waiting,” he said on Sunday. “That is following both principle and precedent. But the principle is to have the most conservative, qualified jurists that we can have on the Supreme Court, not that the people ought to decide before the next election,” he said. 


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