Graham Wants Older Judges to Retire so Republicans Can Replace Them

Graham Wants Older Judges to Retire so Republicans Can Replace Them May 29, 2020

Republicans see the polls and are nervous about holding control of the Senate. So Judiciary Committee Chairman and chief Trump sycophant Lindsey Graham wants older judges to retire now so that Republicans can replace them, in direct contradiction of Michael McConnell’s 2016 ban on considering judges.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday urged federal judges who are in their mid-to-late 60s to step aside so that Republicans, increasingly nervous about holding the Senate majority in the November election as they eye President Trump’s poll nu, can fill the vacancies now. Graham made the comments in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “This is an historic opportunity,” Graham said. “We’ve put over 200 federal judges on the bench. . . . If you can get four more years, I mean, it would change the judiciary for several generations. So if you’re a circuit judge in your mid-60s, late 60s, you can take senior status, now would be a good time to do that, if you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center.”

But during an election year, there’s supposed to be a moratorium on confirming new judges. That was the Republican position in 2016.


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