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Sen. Lindsey Graham: SCOTUS 'Very Much in Play' Next 2, 3 Years

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By    |   Friday, 14 Jul 2017 12:22 PM

The Supreme Court is "very much in play" in terms of the number of justices that could be replaced during President Donald Trump's presidency, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday.

"We have a couple of conservatives who may decide to step down and let younger conservatives take their jobs," the South Carolina Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

"All I can say is that the Supreme Court vacancies will come in the next two or three years. Maybe there won't be any, but there could be three or four. It's a big deal."

Meanwhile, Graham said he has been telling "those young Republicans" that their party needs to deliver on healthcare, and the better way of doing that is allowing states, not Washington, to handle the major details.

"It's pretty hard for a senator to define government when it comes to healthcare affecting their state," said Graham.

"We are going to take all of their money we got around Obamacare and all of the policy and get it out of Washington, send it back to the states, so South Carolina can come up with its own way of dealing with healthcare for South Carolinians. California could do something else."

The money must be spent on healthcare, not infrastructure or other projects, Graham said, but "we will give you the flexibility that Obamacare does not. If we do this, that's the end of single-payer healthcare.

"If we don't do this, one day, it will take over all of healthcare to send the money, in policy, back to the individual states. Washington will not take over healthcare."

The current plan, he continues, repeals individual and employer mandates, provides provisions that do not lock people into buying specific plans.

"I hope we can do, as Republicans, is offering alternatives to Obamacare that make sense and will actually help people," said Graham. "Here's what makes the most sense to me. The government closest to the people is usually the best government. How about the idea that healthcare closest to the people is usually the best healthcare?"

Graham also discussed the ongoing controversy concerning Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with a Russian attorney, and noted that the president's son is willing to testify.

"I want to know all things about Russia," said Graham, but he also wants to know if Ukraine was involved in helping Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Russia tried to destroy democracy all over the world and interfere in our election. I want to get to the bottom of it," said Graham.

"Donald Trump Jr. says he wants to tell his side of the story. I think that would be a good idea and he will be welcome to do it in a judiciary committee hearing."

The Russia matter, though, is making it difficult for Republicans and the president to achieve their agenda, said Graham.

"President Trump has a really good agenda, but this Russia thing is standing in the way," he said. "It's hurting us."

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