WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today responded to Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-Illinois) request that the committee rush a nomination hearing for Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland on Monday, February, 8, 2021 – one day before the Senate is set to begin an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump.
Graham wrote, “Your request is highly unusual. The Senate is about to conduct its first ever impeachment trial of a former president, and only its fourth trial of a president, incumbent or not. Under the procedure the Senate has adopted, Donald Trump’s trial is set to start on February 9. But you want us to rush through Judge Garland’s hearing on February 8. An impeachment is no small thing. It requires the Senate’s complete focus. This is why I didn’t consider any judicial nominees during last year’s impeachment trial. Democrats do not get to score political points in an unprecedented act of political theater on one hand while also trying to claim the mantle of good government on the other.”
In Graham’s letter, he noted:
Graham concluded, “I look forward to questioning Judge Garland and potentially supporting his nomination, but not on February 8. Governing requires trade-offs. When the Senate’s focus is required to consider whether to bar a former president from being reelected, other business must stop. Proceeding with the confirmation of an attorney general and the impeachment of a former president at the same time would give neither the attention required.”
The full text of Graham’s letter to Durbin can be found HERE.