Merrick Garland, Charles Schumer

Senate GOP in 1997: 'Playing politics with judges is unfair'

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, which considers judicial nominations, walks with Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. has been steadfast in his refusal to hold a confirmation hearing for any nominee during the waning months of Obama’s presidency. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Exasperated by a long-running fight over judicial nominees, a Republican senator pleaded with his colleagues to confirm Merrick Garland to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, often considered the second most important court in the nation.

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