- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maine Sen. Angus King says he is “more convinced than ever” that the Senate should hold nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, reiterated his support on Wednesday for hearings after meeting with Garland in his Washington office.

The senator said in a statement he was impressed by Garland’s measured demeanor and his respect for the Constitution. King noted that Garland has been meeting privately with several senators. He said the meetings amount to a “slow-motion hearing without the public’s ability to participate and observe.”

King said it would be better if the senators’ questioning of Garland occurred in public. A majority of Republican senators say they will not support hearings or a vote on President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

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