Republican Rep. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Monday that “there is nothing unconstitutional” or untoward about the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham began the confirmation process Monday by saying that “we do have a country that needs to move forward.”
Graham noted that liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose seat Barrett was nominated to fill upon Ginsburg’s death, was confirmed 96-3 in bipartisan days Graham said are now long gone.
“What will happen is that my Democratic colleagues will say this has never been done, and they’re right in this regard. Nobody’s been confirmed in an election year past July,” he said.
“The bottom line is, Justice Ginsburg, when asked about this several years ago, said that a president serves for four years, not three,” Graham said. “There is nothing unconstitutional about this process.”