Senate Judiciary Dems To Meet THIS WEEK To Discuss Chief Judge Garland’s Qualifications To Serve On The Supreme Court

Members Invite Former Garland Colleagues & Associates To Join In Public Meeting

WASHINGTON (Monday, May 16, 2016) – While Senate Republicans continue their unprecedented obstruction of granting Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing and a vote, Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats will meet this week for a public meeting to hear from some of those who know the nominee personally and can speak to his lengthy public service career.

During the meeting, on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in Dirksen 562, Senators will ask invited speakers who know Garland about his qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court and his record as a prosecutor, mentor, and judge. 

“Last week Chief Judge Garland provided the Senate Judiciary Committee an updated questionnaire.  He has met with Senators on both sides of the aisle, and he deserves a full, fair, and public hearing, as the Senate has done for the last century,” Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said.  “The public discussion we are convening allows Senators, the press, and the public to learn more about this highly qualified nominee and the importance of a fully functioning Supreme Court.  I hope all Senators will join us for this public meeting.” 

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Senate Democrats’ Public Meeting to Discuss the Qualifications of Chief Judge Merrick Garland
To Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

Donna Bucella.  Former prosecutor in the Oklahoma City bombing case and current President of Compliance for Guidepost Solutions.  She recently joined with other prosecutors on a letter in support of Chief Judge Garland’s nomination.

Justin Driver.  Former law clerk to Chief Judge Garland and current University of Chicago Law School Professor of Law.  Driver has spoken publicly about his time clerking for Chief Judge Garland and joined with former clerks in a letter of support for his nomination.

Rodney Slater.  Former Secretary of Transportation and current Partner at Squire Patton Boggs.  He previously served as the first African American Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.  Slater joined with civil rights leaders in support of Chief Judge Garland’s nomination.

Judge Timothy K. Lewis.  Former Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and current Partner at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Pittsburgh.  He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and served for seven years on the appellate court.  Judge Lewis previously testified in support of Justice Samuel Alito’s confirmation for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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