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Merrick Garland to send unsolicited questionnaire to Senate panel

Posted by Steve Schram on May 10, 2016 at 10:38 AM

Originally published on May 9, 2016 on Politico by Josh Gerstein

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland plans to submit a questionnaire describing his background and work history to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday, even though the panel's chairman hasn't asked for one and has said the committee doesn't plan to act on Garland's nomination, a White House spokesman said.

The filing, which is standard practice for judicial nominees, is expected to contain new details on speeches and public appearances Garland has made over the past two decades. Those disclosures normally fuel a round of stories about a nominee's more controversial statements. It's unclear how much attention Garland's past comments will get this time, since most Republican senators have said they oppose consideration of his nomination now, not because of Garland's qualifications, but because the vacancy arose too close to the presidential election this November.

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