House Republicans will seek to block the nomination of Justice Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court, after his former colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh ‘remains on the right side of history’ in hearing on Kavanaugh vote GOP senators push back on Kavanaugh’s nomination MORE (R-S.C.), accused him of being too conservative.
“It is the same old, same old,” Graham said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“He’s going to go in and be a conservative.
He’s going in and try to make the case that he’s going into the court, he’s not going in as a liberal.
He is the conservative that he was before.
He doesn’t care.
He wants to make sure that we have the right people on the Supreme Judicial Court.”
Graham’s comments came after Sen. Orrin Hatch Orrin Grant HatchGOP senator accuses Trump of hypocrisy over Kavanaugh: ‘We will find out’ if he will confirm Kavanaugh GOP senator says Supreme Court nominee should be someone ‘who’s not too liberal’ MORE (Utah) said he would vote to confirm Kennedy if he were offered the position.
Hatch’s announcement came just days after President Trump and Graham met to discuss the possibility of a Supreme Court vacancy, but Graham said he didn’t think the president would be able to deliver a confirmation hearing or an interview with the Judiciary Committee.
Graham added that he thought Trump’s comments about Kennedy’s qualifications “shouldn’t be taken at face value.”
Trump said on Wednesday that he will not be asking the Judiciary to consider a nomination from his cabinet.