Schatz Meets with U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Garland
Senator Brian Schatz spent time with United States Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court.
The meeting took place in Senator Schatz’s Capitol Hill office and covered the nominating process, Chief Judge Garland’s record, and judicial philosophy.
“Chief Judge Garland and I had a productive discussion about his record and approach to the law, and it is clear to me that he is a well-qualified candidate for the Supreme Court. While I was glad to hear from him personally, the American people deserve to hear from him too,” said Senator Schatz. “We also now have Chief Judge Garland’s completed Senate Judiciary Questionnaire, which I will be carefully reviewing. These documents hold key information on his judicial philosophy, opinions, and experience. Every member of the Senate should read it. Now that we have these documents, it’s time for Senate Republicans to do their job, take the next step in the process, and give Chief Judge Garland a fair and timely hearing and vote.”
Chief Judge Garland submitted his Senate Judiciary Questionnaire on Tuesday. The submission follows what all previous nominees to the Supreme Court have done.
The completed questionnaire is 141 pages long and includes 2,066 pages of appendices. It includes key information on Chief Judge Garland’s employment, honors and awards, published writings, litigated cases, judicial opinions, speeches, and interviews.
On Tuesday morning, the Office of Senator Schatz said the standard Senate Judiciary Questionnaire is an essential part of the confirmation process for all federal judicial nominees.
The questionnaire is typically used by all senators to evaluate the nominee’s qualifications and then is used as the basis for developing questions at the nominee’s confirmation hearing.