GOP Graham says next year for filling Supreme Court vacancy

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Posted: Apr 20, 2016 12:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee is honest and capable, but the next president should fill the vacancy.

The South Carolina senator met Judge Merrick Garland on Wednesday and issued a video statement following the session. Graham said Garland's reputation is "beyond reproach."

Graham said he told Garland that the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February should be filled by the next president because the country is well into the presidential nominating process. The senator said the voters should have a say about who should be next justice.

Obama nominated Garland in March and he has paid more than two dozen courtesy calls on senators. Majority Republicans remain opposed to any hearings or vote.