Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) sent a letter Monday to Democrats explaining his change of heart regarding the recent Supreme Court vacancy and the process to fill it.
Earlier in the day, Graham confirmed his position during a campaign stop in Charleston.
“When the American people elected a Republican Senate majority in 2014, Americans did so because we committed to checking and balancing the end of President Obama’s lame duck presidency," Graham wrote. "We did so. We followed the precedent that the Senate has followed for 140 years: since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee during an election year.
“Lastly, after the treatment of Justice Kavanaugh I now have a different view of the judicial-confirmation process. Compare the treatment of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Brett Kavanaugh to that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, and it’s clear that there already is one set of rules for a Republican president and one set of rules for a Democrat president...