Booker, Menendez, Sanders weigh in on Trump SCOTUS pick (and possible strategy to block Mueller probe)

So as you already know, it’s Brett Kavanaugh, another white male for the high court. Here are some of the responses, with Cory Booker’s coming on Rachel Maddow’s show above, a couple mighty unsettled faces.

Bernie Sanders: “Kavanaugh will be a rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires. We must mobilize the American people to defeat Trump’s right-wing, reactionary nominee.” NAACP weighed in, noting they opposed his nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court, where they say he was a consistent vote for the wealthy and powerful. Cory Booker on Maddow: “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is enormously concerning and I’m strongly opposed to it.” Bob Menendez: “Americans must let every member of the Senate know that a vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh is a vote to make abortion illegal, end protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and further rig our justice system in favor of rich and powerful corporate interests.” Frank Pallone: “Republicans have broken precedent and made a mockery of the Senate by refusing to give Merrick Garland a hearing and by removing the need for 60 votes for Supreme Court justices. It’s time that the Senate holds this administration accountable by rejecting this extreme nominee.” Don Norcross: “The President’s nominee is far outside the mainstream, & his appointment threatens to remake the crown jewel of our democracy into a rubber stamp for Trumpism.” Elizabeth Warren: “Brett Kavanaugh’s record as a judge and lawyer is clear: hostile to health care for millions, opposed to the CFPB & corporate accountability, thinks Presidents like Trump are above the law – and conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade. I’ll be voting no.”

We know one thing about Donald Trump and his SCOTUS pick, and it’s likely to have been a deciding factor. In 2009, Kavanaugh wrote in the Minnesota Law Review that presidents should be exempt from “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations, which would “ill-serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.” Kavanaugh certainly didn’t have such tender feelings for the responsibilities of a president in the investigation of Bill Clinton’s sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinski. Kavanaugh was the Starr Report’s lead author.

Trump’s other legal eagle, Rudy Giuliani has been making the case, to whomever will book him on teevee, that the Mueller investigation is bogus and “corrupt.” It will surprise exactly nobody that Trump is looking to save his own skin here, installing a justice who could be the deciding vote to protect him from Mueller.  On MSNBC tonight, Cory Booker called Trump’s choice “self-serving.”

“He picked the one guy who has specifically written that a president in fact should not be the subject of a criminal investigation, which the president is right now. So this seems to be, of all the people, the most self-serving the person he could choose in order to protect himself from this criminal investigation.”


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