GOP senator to meet with SCOTUS nominee

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message Moderate Republicans leery of Biden's renewed call for unity MORE will meet next month with President Obama's pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. 

Murkowski spokeswoman Karina Petersen told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the Alaska Republican will meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland after the White House reached out. 
 
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The meeting has not been scheduled. 
 
Petersen also suggested that Murkowski, who is not on the Judiciary Committee, which handles nominees, will support giving Garland a hearing, adding "the senator never held that position that the nomination should not be considered."
 
Murkowski, who is up for reelection in November but is not viewed among the most-vulnerable GOP senators, is the latest Republican lawmaker to agree to meet with Garland. The Senate GOP announced it would not consider nominations from Obama during an election year following the unexpected death of Antonin Scalia in February. 
  
 
Roughly a dozen Republican senators have suggested they are open to meeting with Garland. Most say they will use the meetings to reiterate that they believe the Supreme Court seat should remain vacant until next year.
   
Republicans are facing widespread pressure to give Garland a hearing. Democrats, in particular, are focused on targeting vulnerable incumbents and the seven Republican senators who previously supported Garland when he was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
But Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Biden: GOP in the midst of a 'mini-revolution' Ernst defends Cheney, calls for GOP unity MORE (R-Ky.), speaking to a local radio station late last week, remained adamant that the Senate would not take up Garland's nomination.