Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling bipartisan energy bill The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind – Trump, Biden battle over vaccine, economy; Congress returns MORE (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that Senate Republicans’ plans to move toward confirming a new Supreme Court justice weeks before the 2020 election are “completely consistent with precedent.”
The senator argued on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “if the shoe were on the other foot” and Democrats had the White House and Senate, they would make the same move.
“What we’re proposing is completely consistent, completely consistent with the precedent,” he said.
Host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddSunday shows – Trump team defends coronavirus response Strzok: ‘I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians’ GOP chair defends Trump messaging on masks: ‘To say that he should have known then what we know now isn’t really fair’ MORE questioned Barrasso about his statements in 2016 rejecting a confirmation vote for then-President Obama’s nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandJeff Flake: Republicans ‘should hold the same position’ on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant ‘Fill that seat’ at North Carolina rally Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day MORE, nine months ahead of the election. The Republican responded that this time is different, because the Republicans have control of the White House and Senate, unlike in 2016.
“But now when you have both parties in the White House and the Senate, historically the confirmation goes forward, and that’s what’s gonna happen here,” he said.
Todd continued to press Barrasso on his remarks from four years ago, when the senator called to “give the people a voice” in choosing the next Supreme Court justice.
“Why is it that this principle only matters when a Democrat is in the White House?” Todd asked.
“It’s not that at all Chuck,” Barrasso replied. “If we did something different now we would be breaking with the precedent that has long been established that if the president and the Senate are of the same party, you move along with confirmation.”
“This is the consistent principle and policies that have been followed through the history of the United States when 29 vacancies occurred in years of presidential elections,” he added. “We’re gonna be consistent with all that.”
WATCH: @SenJohnBarrasso responds to Sen. Graham saying in 2018 they would wait to fill the justice’s seat if the primary process had begun.@chucktodd: Should viewers just not believe anything you’re saying today because [it] will change based on the politics of the moment? pic.twitter.com/H2FQQUnrCE
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 20, 2020
The Wyoming senator also warned that Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerVideo of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral Graham signals support for confirming a Supreme Court nominee this year Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-N.Y.) has said “nothing is off the table” if Republicans confirm a new justice.
The Supreme Court announced late Friday that Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgJeff Flake: Republicans ‘should hold the same position’ on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant ‘Fill that seat’ at North Carolina rally Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day MORE died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans ‘should hold the same position’ on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant ‘Fill that seat’ at North Carolina rally MORE has said he expects to nominate a woman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE (R-Ky.), who blocked Garland’s confirmation in 2016, said he will bring a confirmation vote for Trump’s nominee to the floor.