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Hatch Signals Openness To Lame Duck Confirmation Of Garland

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"He is a good man, but he shouldn't be brought up tin this toxic environment," Hatch told reporters Wednesday. "I am tired of the Supreme Court being used as a battering ball back and forth on both sides. That is why I'd put it off till next year."

Hatch said that while he once supported Garland "there is a difference between being on a circuit court and being on the Supreme Court."

"I think highly of him, but I haven't read his cases and all I can say is I think the same argument stands that we should not be doing this in this toxic environment," Hatch told reporters on the hill Wednesday. "It demeans the Supreme Court. Man, I gave a speech yesterday, and it was interrupted by people sponsored by the White House yelling and screaming."

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) also would not rule out potentially moving forward a nominee in the lame duck.