Mr. President, I am deeply appreciative of the honor that you wish to bestow upon me, but I cannot accept it.
For 11 years, I have been an officer of the court. For nine months, the Senate of the United States has held the Supreme Court in disrespect (and perhaps acted unconstitutionally). I cannot condone, or be party to, or benefit from that disrespect. You should nominate Judge Garland.
Thank you Mr. President.
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