Senator Reacts to Merrick Garland Meeting Before It Happens

Sen. Orrin Hatch's op-ed has since been deleted.

Except for the fact that the two hadn’t met yet.

Hatch also noted, as he frequently does when talking about Garland, that he thinks very highly of the judge, whom he says has an “excellent reputation among lawyers and fellow judges alike” and is a personal friend.

The News removed the op-ed from its website later in the morning, but it was too late: A cached version was already available online.

In a statement, Deseret News executive editor Paul Edwards said the paper’s website had inadvertently published a draft of Hatch’s statement before it received edits from Hatch that were to come after his meeting, which Hatch’s office said happened later Thursday. The op-ed was re-posted around 7:10 pm Thursday evening.