Donald Trump considered appointing Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court: report
Merrick Garland (Screenshot)

In March of 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. Garland currently serves as the chief circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.


Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to even consider Obama's nominee, with not even a single hearing held on his nomination.

However, President Donald Trump at one point considered renominating Garland for the high court, according to the new book The Hill To Die On.

Authored by "Politico Playbook" writers Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, it was reviewed by Washington Post's Ashley Parker.

"In a chapter devoted to Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s successful Supreme Court nomination fight, Sherman and Palmer write that at one point, 'the president privately raised the prospect of tapping Merrick Garland — the very man [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell had blocked from even getting a hearing' under President Barack Obama," Parker explained.

"Still, they add some caveats, noting that it can be difficult to suss Trump’s 'serious ideas from musings' and that it’s not clear how serious Trump was,'" Parker added.

Read the full report.