“This is an illegitimate nomination,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who said he had “no intention” of meeting with the nominee. “I personally have no desire to pretend it’s acceptable.”
“No,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). “Why would you meet with somebody if you already know where they’re going to be on every case?”
Or, as Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) put it: “Whatever she has to say to me, she should say it under oath.”…
A handful of Republicans did meet with Garland in 2016, but the practice of declining to even meet with a nominee is becoming more commonplace. In 2018, many Democrats refused to meet with nominee Brett Kavanaugh because the White House wouldn’t hand over certain records, though eventually moderates and other Democratic senators did meet with him to ask for documents to his face. Some Democrats said they couldn’t get a meeting with Kavanaugh anyway.