White House to send Garland’s questionnaire to Senate

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will submit a questionnaire detailing his credentials and experience to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The move represents another step in the White House’s push to break the Senate blockade on Garland’s nomination. All judicial nominees submit the questionnaire to the committee in advance of hearings.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley has said he won’t hold a hearing for Garland. Still, the White House hopes to pressure Grassley and other Republican leaders to shift course, in part by continuing the standard process.

White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine says she expects the committee to “do their jobs” by reviewing the questionnaire, scheduling a hearing and holding a vote.

Garland will also continue meeting privately with senators this week.

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