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Republican would back Garland for Supreme Court

Posted by Steve Schram on June 01, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Originally published on May 6, 2016 on Reuters by Thomas Ferraro.

A Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday he would help moderate jurist Merrick Garland win Senate confirmation if President Barack Obama nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senator Orrin Hatch said he had known the federal appeals court judge, seen as a leading contender for the Supreme Court, for years and that he would be "a consensus nominee."

Asked if Garland would win Senate confirmation with bipartisan support, Hatch told Reuters, "No question."

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