Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone. On Thursday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, has done volunteer work for a number of Democratic Party candidates.
According to the report:
President Barack Obama’s choice for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court was presented as a moderate that could have bipartisan appeal, but Merrick Garland has previously disclosed in official documents that he has offered his services to numerous Democratic presidential candidates.
Buried in a questionnaire Garland submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1995 is his disclosure of volunteer work for Democratic politicians that stretched from his years as a college student up to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.
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The Free Beacon even provided a picture of the question in question:
So he volunteered for Clinton, Dukakis and Mondale. Yeah, that really demonstrates bipartisanship, right? Right?
But that’s not the most interesting part of this answer, the Free Beacon said:
Although the bulk of Garland’s volunteer work was for presidential candidates, his most interesting political work may be the two summer internships he completed with Rep. Abner Mikva (D., Ill.).
Mikva, a University of Chicago Law School graduate who served as a representative for a Chicago district from 1969 to 1979, was named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Jimmy Carter.
He held that position until Clinton offered him a position in his administration as White House counsel. Clinton then nominated Garland, Mikva’s former intern, to take over his seat on the D.C. Circuit.
Mikva is also a longtime acquaintance of Obama. In 1991, when Obama graduated from Harvard Law School, he received a clerkship offer from Mikva. Obama declined the position but started a lasting friendship with Mikva that still exists.
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