Senator wrote that Garland meeting didn’t change his mind–but no meeting took place
The Deseret News claims it mistakenly published an op-ed by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch about having met with Merrick Garland, before it was supposed to. That’s understandable. However the article had already been written stating that a meeting failed to change the senator’s mind, and the meeting hadn’t occurred.
Paul Edwards, executive editor of the Deseret News in Hatch’s home state of Utah, said by email the article was a draft that was mistakenly published on newspaper’s website, and apologized to Hatch and the newspaper’s readers for “this unfortunate error.”
“Like many of my Senate colleagues, I recently met with Chief Judge Merrick Garland,” Hatch wrote in the piece.
“Our meeting, however, does not change my conviction that the Senate should consider a Supreme Court nominee after this presidential election cycle,” Hatch added.