CBS Reporter Walks Back His Claims After Confrontation with Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows a whole lot more about Senate history than CBS Reporter John Dickerson. Senator McConnell had made the statement that during an election year, the Senate had not confirmed a Supreme Court nominee sine 1880 if the President was not in the same party that had Senate control. Mr. Dickerson thought that he knew better but he was called and flagged on a technicality. There is also a process called a recess appointment and this is what caused the confusion. Who was it and when did it happen? McConnell wins!

As Written and Reported By Naomi Lim for the Washington Examiner:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was correct when he said Sunday a Supreme Court nominee had not been appointed during a presidential election year when the White House and Congress were controlled by opposing parties in more than a century, according to CBS News’ John Dickerson.

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McConnell and Dickerson clashed Sunday during a segment on the network’s “Face the Nation” program when the anchor pressed the Kentucky Republican on whether he was to blame for an increasingly partisan approach to filling vacancies on the country’s highest court.

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“The @senatemajldr &I had a disagreement about 1956. He said, since 1880, no SCOTUS nominee had been named & confirmed in an election year when the president and Congress were in opposite parties. I said in 1956 Ike (R) nominated Brennan. Democrats controlled the Senate,” Dickerson tweeted after the episode aired, referring to former President Dwight Eisenhower.

“But Brennan was a recess apointment [sic] in ‘56 not confirmed by Democrats ‘till ‘57. McConnell: correct! But: recess appointment & confirmations in election years undermine idea it was Sen. norm justices coldn’t [sic] be confirmed b/c voters had to have their say— the Garland rationale,” Dickerson posted……


John Dickerson of CBS corrects himself after tussle with McConnell


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