Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) enactment a GOP run strategist connected blast Saturday, repeatedly asking her to support a assertion astir wherefore Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court information was “held up” successful 2016.
Franken and Alice Stewart, a CNN expert and onetime adjutant to erstwhile Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), were weighing successful connected caller remarks by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Franken told CNN big Jim Acosta that helium disagreed with Roberts’ take.
He said the court’s legitimacy was undermined years ago, erstwhile a Republican Senate bulk led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) didn’t “take up” Garland’s nomination, submitted by President Barack Obama. At the time, McConnell cited what helium called a “longstanding tradition” not to capable Supreme Court vacancies during an predetermination year.
PolitiFact has described McConnell’s “longstanding tradition” assertion as “misleading.”
Franken pointed retired that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) later supporting filling Supreme Court vacancies successful predetermination years, which besides had the effect of undermining the court’s legitimacy.
“They’ve stolen 2 seats: the 1 that Merrick Garland wasn’t fixed a proceeding for, and the 1 that [Justice Amy] Coney Barrett, wherever she was seated a week earlier the  election,” Franken said. “That destroyed the legitimacy of the court.”
Stewart said she wanted to “throw a small accuracy” into what Franken said, claiming that the Garland information was held up due to the fact that “we had a divided authorities ― we had a Democrat successful the White House and we had Republicans successful power [of Congress].”
Franken instantly fired back: “That’s not what McConnell said.”
“But that’s the way, historically, this has been,” Stewart replied. “When you’re adjacent to an predetermination twelvemonth and you person divided authorities ... determination typically is an inclination to hold ―”
“Tell maine erstwhile this happened before,” Franken interrupted. “Tell maine erstwhile it happened before.”
You tin ticker the exchange, starting astir the 3:06 mark, below.