Graham to meet with Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHouse conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill There will be no new immigration law under Biden, unless he changes course McConnell safe in power, despite Trump's wrath MORE (R-S.C.) will sit down with President Obama's Supreme Court pick even though he believes the seat should remain vacant until next year.

Kevin Bishop, Graham's spokesman, confirmed that the South Carolina Republican will have a "courtesy meeting" with nominee Merrick Garland. It's unclear when the meeting will take place.


Graham is the third Republican on the Judiciary Committee to announce that he will sit down with Garland. Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the committee, and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  Cindy McCain: Arizona election audit is 'ludicrous' The Republicans' deep dive into nativism MORE (R-Ariz.) will meet with him next week. 

Seventeen GOP senators have said they are open to meeting with Garland and three have already sat down with him. In addition to Flake and Grassley, Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSununu seen as top recruit in GOP bid to reclaim Senate Lobbying world Overnight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq MORE (N.H.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHouse conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill Strengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths House panel advances bipartisan retirement savings bill MORE (Ohio) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiUtah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote Bottom line Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee MORE (Alaska) will also meet with him next week.

Bishop, however, said that Graham "remains opposed to moving forward with the Garland nomination. He continues to believe the next president should pick the next nominee for the Supreme Court." 

Graham had previously said he wouldn't meet with Garland, suggesting they wouldn't have anything to talk about. He also joined with every other Republican member on the committee to send a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections MORE (R-Ky.) pledging that Garland won't get a hearing. 

Asked Tuesday if the Senate could take up Garland's nomination after the election, Graham said "absolutely not." 

"I'm sure he's a great guy, no doubt about that," he added. "[But] he's not going to get... confirmed so what's the purpose of a hearing?"

CNN first reported Graham's meeting