Politics Kavanaugh May Shield Trump From Mueller's Probe, Democrats Say

22:08  10 july  2018
22:08  10 july  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

Democrats use Mueller probe to attack Kavanaugh

  Democrats use Mueller probe to attack Kavanaugh Democrats are seizing on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation as they plot a strategy to block Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.Senate Democrats argue that President Trump's pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy should be disqualified because, if confirmed, he may have to decide whether the president can be criminally indicted, or if Trump has the power to pardon himself in Mueller's probe into potentSenate Democrats argue that President Trump's pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy should be disqualified because, if confirmed, he may have to decide whether the president can be criminally indicted, or if Trump has the power to pardon himself in Mueller's probe into potent

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President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © The Associated Press President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Bloomberg) -- Senate Democrats trying to rally opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are portraying him as a potential threat to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that of the 25 names on President Donald Trump’s list of possible high court nominees, “he chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation.” The Senate shouldn’t consider Kavanaugh until the nominee “specifically commits to recuse himself” from any criminal investigations concerning the president, Senator Richard Blumenthal said.

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The Democrats’ argument stems from a 2009 law review article written by Kavanaugh, who said Congress might want to enact a law to defer “any personal civil suits against presidents” as well as “criminal investigations and prosecutions” until they leave office. He didn’t assert in the article that courts already had the power to grant such delays.

He wrote that his views were shaped by his work for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, when he helped write a report recommending grounds for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and his later service in the White House under President George W. Bush.

‘Swing Vote’

Kavanaugh’s nomination comes as Trump’s lawyers are resisting pressure to be interviewed by Mueller, who’s investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether anyone close to Trump colluded in the meddling and whether Trump sought to obstruct the probe.

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  Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill, Dems warn of rightward tilt Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returns to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a round of meetings with key Republican senators as Democrats ramp up their efforts to block his confirmation. Kavanaugh, the conservative appellate court judge President Donald Trump chose to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, is set to meet separately with Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and other senators.Democrats, as the Senate minority, have few options to block Kavanaugh.

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But CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said that while such arguments may make sense politically, they are irrelevant to Mueller ' s mandate -- to probe whether there was collusion between any Trump associate and Russia.

In addition, Blumenthal contended that “Judge Kavanaugh, if he is a justice, would be the swing vote” in deciding if Trump could eventually pardon himself. He said “that’s the accountability that will be lost if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed.”

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said judges probably shouldn’t face recusal just because Trump picked them.

“It makes perfect sense to me that Jeff Sessions can’t oversee an investigation of the campaign he was part of,” Graham said of the attorney general in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But I wouldn’t have a broad rule that you can’t, you know, review anything against President Trump because he chose you.”

(Updates with Schumer comment in second paragraph.)

--With assistance from Laura Litvan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Winck in Washington at bwinck@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Derek Wallbank at dwallbank@bloomberg.net, Kasia Klimasinska, Larry Liebert

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A liberal Democratic group says it is leaving “no stone unturned” to get its hands on any damaging information about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid the upcoming contentious confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate. American Bridge, a liberal political action committee that raised nearly $20 million in the last election, reportedly sent one of its political researchers to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas this week to comb through its voluminous archives for any troubling information about Kavanaugh's five years as a staff secretary and aide to the former president.

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