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February 14, 2016 2:05 pm

Senate Majority Leader: We Won’t Replace Scalia Until After Election

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President Barack Obama meets with Senate Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. Photo: Wiki Commons.

President Barack Obama meets with Senate Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Politico – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate should not confirm a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the 2016 election — an historic rebuke of President Obama’s authority and an extraordinary challenge to the practice of considering each nominee on his or her individual merits.

The swiftness of McConnell’s statement — coming about an hour after Scalia’s death in Texas had been confirmed — stunned White House officials who had expected the Kentucky Republican to block their nominee with every tool at his disposal, but didn’t imagine the combative GOP leader would issue an instant, categorical rejection of anyone Obama chose to nominate.

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