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Lankford to meet with Supreme Court nominee Garland next week

U.S. Sen. James Lankford

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford Oklahoman File Photo

WASHINGTON _ Sen. James Lankford, who has been adamant that the Senate should not vote to confirm a U.S. Supreme Court justice until the next president is in office, has agreed to meet next week with court nominee Merrick Garland.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and the White House agreed Monday morning for an April 27 meeting after weeks of trying to find a mutually convenient time. A Lankford aide said there was a slight chance the meeting could be rescheduled.

Many Republicans have refused even to meet with Garland, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in March to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the court.

However, Lankford and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, have been open to meeting the federal appeals court judge because of his strong connection to Oklahoma City. Garland helped coordinate the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh, and his work won praise from the families of victims and the Oklahoma officials involved in the case.

In a recent interview, Lankford said he would use the opportunity of a meeting with Garland to thank him for his service in Oklahoma City after the 1995 attack.

Inhofe has not announced a date for meeting with Garland. He has spoken to the nominee on the phone.

Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the... Read more ›