Offbeat Dem senator: Trump's Supreme Court pick shows he's 'terrified of Robert Mueller'

06:10  10 july  2018
06:10  10 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Dem senator 'anxious to hear' if Supreme Court pick thinks Trump can pardon himself

  Dem senator 'anxious to hear' if Supreme Court pick thinks Trump can pardon himself Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Sunday said she is "anxious" to hear if President Trump's Supreme Court nominee thinks the president can pardon himself. "I'm so anxious to hear whatever this nominee has to say," Cantwell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Is the president able to pardon himself?"Cantwell said she was concerned about whether a potential nominee would "fight to protect" special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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a man wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Hill Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Monday laid into President Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, saying he did so to protect himself in the ongoing Russia probe.

Merkley suggested Trump picked Kavanaugh because of the judge's past writings that argue a president should be shielded from ongoing investigations.

Trump tapped Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Prior to serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh worked as a White House aide under former President George W. Bush, and for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated former President Clinton in the 1990s.

In his legal writings, Kavanaugh has argued the president should be shielded from the demands of criminal and civil investigations because they interfere with his official duties.

Prior to Trump's announcement, Democrats expressed concerns over the nominee's role in any decisions involving special counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Some lawmakers suggested Trump's nominee would have a conflict of interest in any court cases related to the investigation.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), argued Sunday that the Supreme Court may ultimately have to weigh in if Trump refuses to comply with a subpoena in the Mueller investigation, as his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has suggested.

Leonard Leo, who took a leave from the conservative group the Federalist Society to aide Trump with the Supreme Court pick, dismissed Democratic calls to delay the confirmation process until after Mueller concludes his investigation as a "red herring."

Orrin Hatch may have given a clue about Trump's Supreme Court pick .
Sen. Orrin Hatch may have given a hint to who President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee may be, after repeatedly using a female pronoun in an op-ed.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, may have given a hint to who President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee may be, after repeatedly using a female pronoun in an op-ed on the pick.

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