Grassley Meets With Garland And Addresses President On Senate Floor

On Tuesday morning, at 7:45 a.m. Senator Charles (Chuck) Grassley and Judge Merrick Garland sat down for breakfast in the Senate Dining room in Washington, D.C. The meeting, which lasted just a little over an hour, was reportedly cordial and pleasant, and Grassley took that time to explain why the Senate would not be moving forward during this “hyper-partisan” election year. After thanking Garland for his service, Grassley then presented a prepared statement directed to President Barack Obama on the Senate floor. Grassley said he wanted to address the President’s remarks from his visit to the University of Chicago last week, in which he met with law students, and his remarks on the Supreme Court nomination. He said the President told the students when the law is not clear, his nominee’s decisions will be shaped by his or her own perspective, ethics and judgment. This, Grassley says, is not what is appropriate for justices. What is in their heart or is their personal perspective or ethic have no place in judicial decision-making. He continues to stand by his assertion that politics belongs to the people and their elected representatives and it is important that judges do not get involved in politics. When a judge is asked what a law should mean, it will bring about changes in the law depending on the judge’s life experiences, Grassley said. The people lose control of what their laws say. In his view the courts should operate in a constitutional way that ensures the government by the people, and this is why Grassley says he is standing by his decision to not hold Senate nomination hearings.