Senator Chuck Grassley speaks at an event for Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio in Urbandale, Iowa

Grassley, Garland reprise 1990s judicial confirmation fight

Senator Chuck Grassley speaks at an event for Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio in Urbandale, IowaBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Chuck Grassley and Merrick Garland go way back, but when the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee meet for a private breakfast on Tuesday, they will not exactly be sharing fond memories. Two decades ago, Grassley, an Iowa Republican, spearheaded a fight against Garland’s nomination to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Just like now, a Democratic president, in that case Bill Clinton, submitted Garland’s nomination to a Republican-controlled Senate.

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