Texas Senator Ted Cruz shredded Democrats’ opposition of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, after revealing that he sided with Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, in court decisions over 90 percent of the time during the former’s confirmation hearings Wednesday afternoon.
“I took a look at your record compared to that of Judge Merrick Garland. Judge Garland, of course, was appointed to the D.C. Circuit by Bill Clinton, and he was President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court,” Cruz began “What I found that was striking is that in the 12 years you’ve been on the D.C. Circuit, of all the matters that you and chief Judge Garland had voted on together, that you voted together 93 percent of the time.”
As Cruz noted, Garland was nominated to the Supreme Court in March, 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Republicans refused to hold a confirmation hearing for him opting to wait for Obama’s term to end, thus allowing the next president fill the vacancy.
“Not only that. Of the 28 published opinions that you’ve authored where chief Judge Garland was on the panel, Chief Judge Garland joined 27 out of the 28 opinions you issued when you were on a panel together,” he continued. “In other words, he joined 96 percent of the panel opinions that you’ve written when he was on a panel with you and the same is true in the reverse. Of the 30 published opinions that chief Garland has written on a panel, you’ve joined 28 out of 30 of them. Over 93 percent of those opinions.”
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