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Senator Graham’s Curious Vote Switch on Halligan


At the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on February 14, Republican senator Lindsey Graham initially joined all of his Republican colleagues in voting against favorably reporting to the full Senate the D.C. Circuit nomination of Caitlin Halligan. But later in the day, without offering any explanation, he changed his vote to “pass.”

Graham is part of the Senate’s Gang of 8 on immigration reform, along with Senator Schumer. A reliable source speculates that Schumer promised Graham something in the immigration deal in exchange for abandoning his “no” vote on Halligan—and that Schumer also is pressuring the other Republican members of the Gang of 8—McCain, Rubio, and Flake—not to oppose Halligan.

My inventory of posts on Halligan’s record is available here.


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