Sen. Dianne Feinstein requested Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to cease processing judicial nominations until after the inauguration.
The California senator argued that because President Trump has not been reelected, his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, should be the one to continue the process of nominations.
“It is imperative that the Judiciary Committee cease to process judicial nominations and allow President-Elect Biden the opportunity to appoint judges following his inauguration on January 20, 2020,” she said in a letter sent to Graham on Thursday.
The senator further stated that there was historical precedent to back up her request.
“Going back to 1984, the Committee has only twice held a nominations hearing in the lame duck period of a presidential election year — once in 2004, following President George W. Bush’s reelection, and once in 2012, following the reelection of President Obama. Unlike Presidents Bush and Obama, President Trump has lost his reelection bid,” Feinstein said.