President Obama Announces Merrick Garland as SCOTUS Nominee
President Obama announced today that he is nominating federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Kevin Corke reported on "America's Newsroom" that Garland is viewed as somewhat of a moderate and is highly regarded by both Democrats and Republicans.
Garland, who was a finalist for the Supreme Court seats that went to Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, is a Harvard University and Harvard Law School graduate.
Garland supervised the criminal prosecutions of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Unabomber.
Shannon Bream told Martha MacCallum that Obama's decision to nominate Garland means that he knows the nomination is likely going nowhere.
She explained that if the president thought his nominee had a real shot of being approved by Senate Republicans, he would pick someone younger than 63, in order to lengthen the impact of his legacy on the Supreme Court.
Bream added the fact that Garland has served on the bench for such a long time leaves a long history and paper trail, giving his critics plenty of ammunition.
She said those are qualities that would not be expected in "a serious contender."
"It looks like, absent some radical change, it just doesn't have the legs to go anywhere," Bream said. "But again, Merrick Garland, greatly, widely respected for his intellect and his background. That's not the question in this case."
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