WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“As I begin the process of evaluating this nomination, I will be examining Chief Judge Garland’s judicial record, as well as other relevant materials. When deciding whether to support a nominee, I consider the individual’s intellect, integrity, qualifications, experience, temperament, and respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. This is the approach I have taken with every judicial nominee who has come before me throughout my service in the Senate, and that is the process that I will follow with this nomination as well.
“Judge Garland is a capable and accomplished jurist. The White House has requested that I meet with him, and I look forward to doing so, as has been my practice with all Supreme Court nominees.”