WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken met with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Wednesday and reiterated his call on Republicans to give the circuit court judge a nomination hearing.

Franken said after the meeting he would like "nine of those" judges on the court, after meeting with Garland.

"Judge Garland is known as a consensus judge," Franken said, to reporters after the meeting outside his Capitol Hill office. "When the White House asked me ... what do you want from a nominee, I said I want someone who after we have hearings, I would like nine of those."

Franken has been among the most outspoken Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee pushing Republicans to hold a hearing on Garland. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, also a member of the Judiciary Committee, the first stop for judicial nominations, met with Garland last week.