Sen. Flake meets wtih SCOTUS nominee Garland

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 20:35:23-04

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake met with President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, on Thursday.

The meeting lasted about 30 minutes in Flake's office, according to Flake spokesman Jason Samuels.

“I enjoyed the meeting with Judge Garland. He is obviously a man of accomplishment and keen intellect. He is also kind and engaging," Flake said in a statement. "Because this nomination has the potential to so dramatically shift the balance of the court, I continue to believe that the Senate is fully justified in waiting until the presidential election before proceeding to fill the seat.”

We were the first to report locally of Flake's meeting with Judge Garland on Monday

President Obama nominated Garland in March following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.