Grassley on Garland Meeting: ‘Nothing has changed’

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WASHINGTON  -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said his meeting with Merrick Garland on Tuesday was "friendly," but also indicated there will be no action on Obama's pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Garland and Grassley met at the Senate's private Members Dining Room of the Capitol for about an hour. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also met with Garland.

Grassley told CNN "nothing has changed" and that he won't be scheduling any confirmation hearings on Garland.

GOP senators at the high-profile but out-of-sight meeting went at length to avoid the press, using a back door to avoid a slew of reporters and photographers staking out the front entrance. Murkowski asked her staff, "What are they doing here?" about two CNN reporters as they waited in the back hallway for the meeting to end.

Senate Republicans including Grassley have said that the next Supreme Court justice should be nominated by the next president and the GOP-controlled chamber has not scheduled hearings for Garland.

Obama nominated Garland last month.