WASHINGTON (AP) — Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is a qualified jurist who should receive a hearing and a vote.
Whitehouse made the comments Wednesday after meeting with Garland on Capitol Hill.
Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, of Illinois, and Dianne Feinstein, of California, also were scheduled to meet with Garland. All three lawmakers are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Garland is a federal appeals court judge.
Whitehouse says they’ve known each other since they worked in Democratic President Bill Clinton’s administration. He says the meeting reminded him of Garland’s “strong judgment, first-rate intellect and good nature.”
Democratic President Barack Obama nominated Garland last month. Most Republican senators have refused to meet with him, saying the next president should decide on a nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.