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Sen. Mitch McConnell floats Merrick Garland as new FBI director; judge isn't interested, associates say

Judge Merrick Garland arrives for a meeting in Washington on April 13. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Judge Merrick Garland arrives for a meeting in Washington on April 13. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

The Senate's top Republican says “we can do with a little less drama from the White House” so the GOP can focus on advancing the party's legislative goals. 

Appearing Tuesday morning on "Bloomberg Daybreak," Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was responding to reports that President Trump revealed highly classified information about the Islamic State group to Russian officials. 

McConnell says, “I think we could do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda.” He said that agenda included deregulation, tax reform and repealing and replacing the healthcare law. 

McConnell also says he recommended to Trump that he nominate Merrick Garland to replace fired FBI Director James B. Comey. Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court last year by President Obama, was denied a Senate hearing by McConnell. 

Garland has not commented, but close associates contacted several news organizations Tuesday morning to say that the judge had no interest in leaving his current position.

This post was updated with comment from Garland associates.

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