WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“I’m very encouraged by my meeting with Chief Judge Merrick Garland. In addition to truly impressive intellect and compelling judicial experience, our conversation revealed a person of deep sensitivity, good judgment, and strong character. I am still reviewing his judicial record and would welcome more time with him, and I know that many of my colleagues have remaining questions. That’s why I believe it is so critical that the Judiciary Committee hold hearings, which would give Senators of both parties -- and the American people -- an opportunity to fully examine Judge Garland’s judicial record and philosophy. 

“I suspect that hearings would confirm my instinct that Judge Garland is a very highly capable candidate, a devoted public servant, and someone eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I’m hopeful that every Senator will have the respect and decency to meet with Judge Garland in person, and if they do, I’m confident that his qualifications and character will overpower the obstructionism that has greeted his nomination. I appreciate the Judge’s time today, and I look forward to continuing to review his record closely.”