On Tuesday night, Oregon Democratic senator Jeff Merkley began his ten-hour-plus filibuster of the Republicans’ 2016 blockade of original Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Garland was the preferred choice of former President Barack Obama to fill the vacant seat left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.
However, President Donald Trump has chosen conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch as his pick for the replacement, whose confirmation is expected to be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday.
Gorsuch, 49, is a 10-year veteran of a federal appeals court in Denver and has maintained a highly-conservative record. His nomination came after Republicans had ensured Garland would not be confirmed during 2016’s election year.
Merkley, however, believes Gorsuch’s nomination should not be deemed credible and is using various tactics in his filibuster.
“Until the FBI and Congress complete #Russia investigation, confirming @realDonaldTrump lifetime appointment to #SCOTUS is premature,” Merkley tweeted.
Tweets from liberals such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and celebrity Rosie O’Donnell praised Merkley’s filibuster, wherein the lawmaker claimed he was going to talk “as long as I’m able.”
The tweets, and a streamed video of Merkley on Facebook, can be viewed below:
thank you @SenJeffMerkley
— ROSIE (@Rosie) April 5, 2017
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 5, 2017
H/T: Fox News
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