Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Senate will "vote to confirm" the successor of outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy "this fall," adding that "it's imperative that the president's nominee be treated fairly."
The comments have sparked frustration from critics, who point out that McConnell blocked former President Barack Obama's nominee for months after the February 2016 death of Antonin Scalia. Obama's pick Merrick Garland was never granted a Senate confirmation hearing, and as a result, the selection ultimately went to President Trump, who nominated the conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch.
McConnell blocked Garland during an election year https://t.co/hit54RvhAC
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 27, 2018
Trump has vowed to nominate pro-life judges, with Kennedy's retirement potentially meaning the end of Roe v. Wade. Watch McConnell's comments below. Jeva Lange
— ABC News (@ABC) June 27, 2018