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Democrats Trying to Use Manafort and Cohen to Block Kavanaugh Confirmation

Democrats Trying to Use Manafort and Cohen to Block Kavanaugh Confirmation

“He has been nominated by someone implicated, and all but named as a co-conspirator, in federal crimes.”

Democrats have been looking for something – anything – to block the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. They think they’ve found justification based on this week’s news about Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.

The talking points have clearly gone to the extreme. John Bowden reports at The Hill:

Dem senator cancels Kavanaugh meeting amid calls for confirmation hearing to be postponed

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said Wednesday that she would cancel a meeting with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, after Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated the president in a hush money scheme.

“I am canceling, I will be canceling, my appointment with Judge Kavanaugh because I choose not to extend a courtesy to this president who is an un-indicted co-conspirator … of meeting with his nominee,” she told reporters.

Hirono also blasted Kavanaugh as “a nominee who is being nominated because the president expects him to protect [Trump].”

Erin Kelly of USA Today has more:

Dems call for delay in Kavanaugh vote after Manafort conviction and Cohen guilty pleas

Democratic senators are using the news of Paul Manafort’s criminal convictions and Michael Cohen’s guilty pleas as a reason to try to delay a confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh…

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the meeting cancellations “a desperate and pathetic attempt by Democrats to obstruct a very highly qualified nominee.”

George Hartmann, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, noted that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was confirmed by the Senate while then-President Bill Clinton’s records were subpoenaed by a grand jury in the Whitewater investigation.

Hirono is joined by a chorus of other Senate Democrats:

Schumer pushed this talking point on the Senate floor yesterday. David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon:

Democrats Push for Delay to Kavanaugh Hearings Following Cohen’s Guilty Plea: ‘It’s a Game Changer’

Senate Democrats are calling for the Judiciary Committee to postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings following Michael Cohen’s guilty plea on Tuesday and implication of President Donald Trump in a campaign finance violation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) called the case a “game changer” in a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday. He slammed Kavanaugh for what he characterized as having radical views on the extent of presidential authority, and he said Kavanaugh’s “refusal” to say a president must comply with a subpoena makes it dangerous to confirm the Supreme Court nominee, especially given Cohen’s implication of Trump.

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This is nothing more than political opportunism by a party that’s desperate to stop a judicial appointment. If it wasn’t Manafort and Cohen, it would have been something else.


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These people are adults….and were elected. Amazing.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to jaudio. | August 23, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I know that when I went from 6th to 7th grade I thought I was nearly grown up, the same happens with high school and then college.

    Even in ones mid twenties we are all comparatively shallow. By and large people do not appreciate how limited their world view was until they are well past each milestone.

    The truth is that some people never grow up, age does not equal being a reasoning adult.

    rdm in reply to jaudio. | August 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    They are biological adults. They identify as infants

Close The Fed | August 23, 2018 at 3:17 pm

This train of events wouldn’t be happening if Jeff Sessions hadn’t recused himself. Some here have been accused Sessions of being a deep-stater, but I don’t believe that for a second. He’s operating under the old rules, square, normal rules of adhering to the rules in good faith, while those around him are tearing up the rules in bad faith and taking advantage of him.

We need someone serious about “immigration in the national interest” to be Attorney General, but all the progress Sessions is making will be reversed if Trump’s entire coterie of staff, supporters, etc., is indicted on some jaywalking charges.

It’s unclear to me if the votes would be in the Senate to replace Sessions with someone who would be willing to take actual charge of the DOJ and FBI and end the bloodletting. If there is, I believe Jeff Sessions should understand the net liability he is, and resign. The bloodletting has to stop. Our 2016 election is being reversed and truly dangerous criminals in D.C. are walking.

Since they don’t need to meet him because they already have made up their mind — as if they hadn’t ten seconds after he was nominated — then if I were Mitch McConnell I would cancel the hearings and go to the final vote since any such hearings are irrelevant.

    Ohio Historian in reply to Chgolaw. | August 23, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    With Flake flaking out on VAC in Africa with no set date for return, how do you propose to get a majority for Kavanaugh in a 51/47/2 Senate with both AZ “Republican” Senators not present?

As usual with the Dimocrats. Anything they can do to disrupt the President and the Government. They are pinning their hopes on lies and fraud, but that is what they do all the time.

Had the President had another story out about ice cream scoops, they would be toting that as just cause to try to delay the vote.

Last I knew, in impeachment, which is what the leftist want, the SCOTUS doesn’t have anything to do with it.

I am disappointed in Sessions, the manner in which he abdicated his job, and the speed in which he did so, do not indicate a man who is willing to do the job of the people. Allowing Rosenstein to be acting AG in a case where he is involved in the initial acts that brought this about is beyond sickening. Sessions would have more standing to do the job than Rosenstein has, yet it is Sessions who recused himself immediately. Why? Why did Sessions also threaten (not really a threat in my book, as he is an extremely weak AG, if he isn’t part of the cabal) to resign if Rosenstein is fired. If I were Trump I would take that as a win and think woohoo, two for one.

I hope the Dims get creamed in this upcoming election. None deserve it more than they do.

    Edward in reply to oldgoat36. | August 23, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    The Chief Justice sits as Judge in the Senate Trial of the Articles of Impeachment. Other than that, you are correct the Associate Justices have no role in Impeachment and Trial.

Mazie Hirono sounds like a real “okole.”

How do these demagogues get elected to the U.S. Senate? The Dumb-o-crats recruit some of the most utterly worthless and plumb useless twits from the dregs of the Leftist loony bin.

JusticeDelivered | August 23, 2018 at 3:46 pm

“If it wasn’t Manafort and Cohen, it would have been something else.”

Grasping at straws.

Are there enough votes to confirm?

    inspectorudy in reply to JusticeDelivered. | August 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    No, if it weren’t for the fake dossier there would be no investigation of anyone! Think about that. All of this originated because of a fake document that hillary paid to have assembled and the corrupt DoJ and the FBI with the help of the CIA created this “Insurance” to remove Trump! This will go down as one of the saddest moments in our country’s history of justice. Rosenstein is as guilty as anyone because of the wide berth he gave his butt buddy Mueller. Look at where we are with this crap. Zero Russian collusion but tax fraud and bank fraud that does not touch Trump or have anything to do with his election!

American Human | August 23, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Remember, oh remember, fellow Insurrectionists, that for Democrats/liberals/media, history started yesterday.

It matters not a whit to point out their blatant hypocrisy and forgetful memories. History started yesterday and so none of that matters and would, if it existed, be irrelevant.

Nothing matters except regaining and keeping power.

The Dems are still livid at how the the GOP and Senator McConnell deep-sixed the SCOTUS nomination of Judge Jacobsen…er… I mean Judge Garland in 2016. Payback.

I wonder if these idiots know that only Chief Justice Roberts will be involved with an impeachment process? After that, the SCOTUS would have nothing to do with it. Or can it be that impeachment will not be enough for them? If they are indicating that they will push for a criminal prosecution after impeachment then they may have a leg to stand on but that would be years away.

Good to see they all received the talking points memo.

Talk about conspiracy!

If the impeach and remove Trump it will be the start of the 2nd Civil War.

Do they really not see how stupid and silly they look?

Nose blind

“President Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator to a federal crime to influence an election for the office he now holds.

He should not be allowed to name a Supreme Court Justice without resolving this accusation first.” ` @senkamalaharris

well sen kamala harris, that’s just not your decision to make. nor is it in the power of the congress to make that decision.

nomination of a supreme court Judge is the express power given to the president. Not congress.
not democrats who are unhappy that appointments came open when their party wasn’t in power.

I will also point out that you needn’t get so excited because Justice Ginsburg is about a year away from crapping her heart into her sock.
while it’s a sad thing, she had a good run and you will be expected to watch as a THIRD supreme court judge is appointed by your president, Donald J. Trump.

They are there to “advise and consent” on SCOTUS nominees. Screw it, Mitch, call a vote.

    rabidfox in reply to MNCPO. | August 24, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Is Senator Flake deliberately playing ‘least in sight’ to avoid having to vote on the Kavenaugh nomination?

Of course they are, silly…
They spent millions on this, and they aren’t about to let it go…