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Report: Garland Left Out Key Financial Statement From Senate Questionnaire

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By    |   Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:56 PM

When Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland completed the standard nomination questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee, he did not include a financial net worth statement as requested in Question 23, according to Roll Call.

Garland's questionnaire and related documents was submitted Tuesday and totaled some 2,200 pages. Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, did not request the filing, and has said he would not hold hearings for Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the high court.

White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said Garland would supply the information if Grassley asked for it, adding that he "stands ready to provide that additional information promptly," Hoffine said in an email. 

Judiciary Committee staff labeled Garland's questionnaire "incomplete" on the committee website.

President Obama nominated Garland in March and the Republican-led Senate has held no hearings or votes on Garland's nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in April it's "safe to say" no vote will be held, according to CNN.

The financial net worth statement, an itemized list of all the nominee's assets, is the most sensitive information Garland has to provide during the nomination process, Roll Call reports.

President Obama's previous Supreme Court nominees, Elana Kagan and Sonya Sotomayor, both submitted their financial net worth statements with their questionnaires, according to the Government Printing Office.

Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit, provided some of his financial details, including investments and trusts. He also listed property in New York valued between $1 million and $5 million, as well as a Fidelity index fund and a Fidelity Contrafund in the same dollar range.

Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called on the committee's Republicans to review Garland's record and schedule a hearing, according to Roll Call.

Leahy and his staff are reviewing Garland's questionnaire and documents and says he "expect Committee Republicans to do the same."

The Congressional Research Service
issued a report that suggests if Garland was placed on the Supreme Court, his actions would have the most effect on administrative law.

Garland's nomination remains in effect until it gets withdrawn or until the current term of Congress ends, according to the research service.

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