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McConnell Riles Democrats With Vow to Fill a 2020 Court Vacancy

May 29, 2019, 4:11 PMUpdated: May 29, 2019, 6:39 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell drew accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats after saying the Senate would confirm a Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump next year, despite refusing to hold election-year hearings on President Barack Obama’s court pick in 2016.

Speaking in his home state of Kentucky on Tuesday, McConnell was asked what he would do about a high court vacancy if a seat were to open up next year.

Mitch McConnell
Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

“Oh, we’d fill it,” McConnell said with a smile, according to a video of the event in Paducah.

Democrats criticized the remark because McConnell refused to allow a ...