Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent'

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Manchin, Barrasso announce bill to revegetate forests after devastating fires Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that Senate Republicans' plans to move toward confirming a new Supreme Court justice weeks before the 2020 election are “completely consistent with precedent.”

The senator argued on NBC's "Meet the Press" that “if the shoe were on the other foot” and Democrats had the White House and Senate, they would make the same move.

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"What we're proposing is completely consistent, completely consistent with the precedent,” he said. 

Host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddLawmakers gear up for spending bill, infrastructure votes Graham told Trump he 'f'd up' his presidency: book DHS secretary: We are working in a 'completely broken' immigration system MORE questioned Barrasso about his statements in 2016 rejecting a confirmation vote for then-President Obama’s nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandAbbott promises to hire Border Patrol agents punished by Biden administration House passes bill to ensure abortion access in response to Texas law Delta pushes for national 'no fly' list of unruly passengers after banning 1,600 from flights MORE, nine months ahead of the election. The Republican responded that this time is different, because the Republicans have control of the White House and Senate, unlike in 2016.

“But now when you have both parties in the White House and the Senate, historically the confirmation goes forward, and that’s what’s gonna happen here,” he said.

Todd continued to press Barrasso on his remarks from four years ago, when the senator called to “give the people a voice” in choosing the next Supreme Court justice. 

“Why is it that this principle only matters when a Democrat is in the White House?” Todd asked.

“It’s not that at all Chuck,” Barrasso replied. “If we did something different now we would be breaking with the precedent that has long been established that if the president and the Senate are of the same party, you move along with confirmation.”

“This is the consistent principle and policies that have been followed through the history of the United States when 29 vacancies occurred in years of presidential elections,” he added. “We’re gonna be consistent with all that.”

The Wyoming senator also warned that Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerObama says US 'desperately needs' Biden legislation ahead of key votes Congress shows signs of movement on stalled Biden agenda Schumer gets shoutout, standing ovation from crowd at Tony Awards MORE (D-N.Y.) has said “nothing is off the table” if Republicans confirm a new justice. 

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President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE has said he expects to nominate a woman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push On The Money — GOP blocks spending bill to kick off chaotic week in congress Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alrtia — Booster shots get bipartisan rollout MORE (R-Ky.), who blocked Garland’s confirmation in 2016, said he will bring a confirmation vote for Trump’s nominee to the floor.