WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will meet Wednesday with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court justice nominee.
Unlike many of his colleagues, however, the South Carolina Republican is not making a spectacle of the event.
Graham will meet with Merrick Garland on Capitol Hill without fanfare. He won’t let in cameras for a photo opportunity, and he won’t be formally addressing the press following the sitdown.
Graham’s office also isn’t releasing details on the time or location. Spokesman Kevin Bishop said it was “likely” that a written statement would be released after the fact.
“Again,” Bishop told The Post and Courier, “this is a courtesy meeting.”
Graham’s office didn’t first volunteer the meeting with Garland would be taking place on Wednesday; White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest broke that news at his Monday briefing with reporters.
A member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham has said repeatedly he does not support confirming Garland — or any Supreme Court justice — as long as Obama is in office. At one point, Graham said he wouldn’t even meet with an Obama nominee to succeed the late-Justice Antonin Scalia, considering the exercise unnecessary given he wasn’t about to change his mind.
With the reverse course, Graham also wants to do everything in his power to prevent a false narrative that he might be willing to turn on Republican leadership and call for a confirmation hearing.
Emma Dumain is The Post and Courier’s Washington correspondent.