Limbaugh to GOP: Trade SCOTUS nomination for Clinton indictment
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Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday suggested that Republicans confirm Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in exchange for a Justice Department indictment of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE.

“I’ve got an idea on the Supreme Court nomination,” the conservative radio host said on his broadcast that afternoon.


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“You’re thinking, ‘hmm, they might do that, and we don’t want the guy on the court.' Would Obama throw Hillary overboard to get his Supreme Court pick for life?”

Limbaugh argued that the answer is no, charging that Obama likely prefers a younger candidate than Garland.

“This is not the guy he wants,” he said of Obama. "[Garland’s] too old. Whatever else about this guy, he’s 63.

“Obama’s going to put somebody, if this were something other than a sacrificial pick, if this were a legacy pick, he’d find somebody in his fifties, late forties, maybe, somebody that would be there forever.”

Limbaugh mocked Garland, arguing that he does not actually believe his own nomination will get confirmed.

“This poor guy has to know,” he said of Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

“I think he probably had to agree going in, ‘Look, you know you’re not going to get a hearing so we’re going to do the greatest ceremony in the world for you. And we’re going to get your family up there, going to have the White House moment everybody dreams of, but that’s it, nothing more.’”

Obama on Wednesday announced Garland as his nominee for replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the nation’s highest court.

McConnell insisted later the same day that the Senate would not conduct a confirmation hearing for Garland, arguing that the next president should pick Scalia’s replacement instead.

Clinton, meanwhile, has faced repeated criticism for using a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

The FBI confirmed last month that it is investigating Clinton’s device, with some conservatives arguing the Democratic presidential front-runner broke the law by implementing it.