Garland to send Senate his Supreme Court questionnaire
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The White House on Monday announced that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland has completed a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire about his qualifications.

Garland is returning the document to lawmakers on Tuesday, The Hill has learned from a White House spokeswoman.


“Tomorrow, in addition to continuing to meet with senators of both parties, Chief Judge Garland will submit his questionnaire to the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Brandi Hoffine said in an email. "The questionnaire and associated materials present an exhaustive picture of Judge Garland’s distinguished career and his impeccable credentials as a nominee to the Supreme Court.

“We expect that upon receiving the questionnaire, Senate Judiciary Committee members will do their jobs by reviewing the information, noticing a hearing so that the American people can hear directly from Chief Judge Garland as he answers questions under oath and giving him a fair up or down vote.”

Former Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, setting up a heated presidential election year battle over his potential replacement.

President Obama nominated Garland to the nation’s highest court in March, prompting the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee to refuse hearings over his potential confirmation.

Hoffine on Monday said Republican opposition to a hearing over Garland contradicts decades of American judicial history.

“Every nominee since 1875 who wasn’t withdrawn from consideration has received a hearing and/or a vote. With more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history and a long record of public service, we expect the Senate will give Chief Judge Garland the same fair consideration as prior nominees.”

Garland has met with 46 senators since his nomination 54 days ago, including 14 Republican lawmakers. Only two GOP senators — Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDuckworth announces reelection bid Brave new world: Why we need a Senate Human Rights Commission  Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls MORE (Ill.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsModerates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle MORE (Maine) — have publicly voiced support for holding a confirmation hearing.

Critics say Obama should not name a new Supreme Court justice because it is an election year, arguing next president is better suited for picking Scalia’s replacement instead.