WASHINGTON (AP) — Oklahoma Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford say they have thanked Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland for his lead role investigating the 1995 bombing at the federal building in Oklahoma City.
But in a joint statement, the two say that even before their meeting Wednesday, Garland was aware of their view that there should not be a vote this election year on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick.
In keeping with the GOP strategy laid out by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the two senators say a presidential election year is not the right time to start a Supreme Court nomination process.
Nonetheless they say they "extended Oklahoma's gratitude" to Garland, who spent many weeks in Oklahoma shepherding the bombing investigation as a top-ranking Justice Department attorney.