Report: Schumer pushing Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Chuck Schumer asked Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to Supreme Court, Washington Post reports.

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Chuck Schumer
Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urged US President Donald Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, The Washington Post reported.

Schumer, a Jewish Democrat from New York, made the request in a phone call earlier this week, The Post reported.

Garland, who also is Jewish, was former US President Barack Obama’s nominee in 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans, however, would not consider the nomination in March, saying it had to wait until after the presidential election in November.

Trump chose Neal Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s position, and Gorsuch was confirmed. With Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing last month that he is retiring, Trump must choose another justice to serve on the court.

Schumer knows getting Trump to even consider putting Garland on the court is highly unlikely. The conversation “seemed more like a check the box call than meaningful conversation” because Trump already has a shortlist of conservative nominees, a source told The Hill.

Trump is set to announce his nomination on Monday.