Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hatch: 'Advise and consent' is to protect Supreme Court

'President has no standing to tell the Senate how to do its job'



The fight over a replacement for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is heating up this week, with plans for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to meet with Barack Obama over the issue.
Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, has confirmed the president is going to nominate a replacement, and then it will be up to the Senate “to decide if they’re going to fulfill their [duty].”
But a statement released from the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has been involved in the confirmation of every justice now on the Supreme Court bench, said it’s just not that simple, because one of the Senate’s responsibilities is to protect the Supreme Court.

Particularly against the “political upheaval that inevitably occurs during president elections,” he said.
Politics came into play immediately in the opening on the nine-member court. Scalia regularly voted with the Constitution and against new interpretations or new understandings of that founding document. Variously described as an originalist or a constitutionalist, he was regularly on the conservative side of split votes.......

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