U.S. Senator Collins’ Statement on Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

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.”