As the battle over President Trump’s nomination of Tenth Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court continues, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor to slam Republicans for this issue ever blowing up in the first place.
In Warren’s estimation, Gorsuch’s confirmation should be put on hold because of the active FBI criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Comey confirmed the existence of this investigation while speaking before the House Intelligence Committee last month; at the time, he said that it has been open since last year. The delay in officially revealing the existence of the investigation was birthed out of the fact that the FBI, quite simply, doesn’t ordinarily reveal information about active investigations.
This time however, as Comey explained while speaking before Congress, the specifics of the situation demanded that he revealed that the investigation in question does, in fact, exist. Obviously we’re talking about something very serious here, since there is, evidently, information that is substantively incriminating enough about members of the inner circle of the President of the United States so as to warrant an FBI investigation.
That’s all pretty simple, really. And yet, this individual, the sitting President of the United States, who is, again, under an active FBI investigation, wants us to go along with him appointing someone to the U.S. Supreme Court? Appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court are for life; ordinarily, justices serve on the court until they die. In Gorsuch’s case, he could reasonably be on the U.S. Supreme Court for decades.
And yet, again, the individual responsible for choosing this person to shape the nation’s judicial policy for many decades to come is under an active criminal investigation for suspected ties to illegal activities, including cyberattacks carried out by historically hostile foreign interests.
The absolute, utter absurdity of all of this, combined with the fact that the seat Gorsuch would fill was supposed to be up to Obama to choose the occupant of, is what Elizabeth Warren brought up in her Tuesday address to the Senate.
The fiery Democratic Senator said, quite bluntly:
‘I think it is crazy that we are considering confirming a lifetime Trump nominee to the Supreme Court at a moment when the president’s campaign is under the cloud of an active, ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. I believe we should tap the breaks on any nominee until this investigation is concluded.’
Warren added an observation that cases involving the allegations against Trump and his associates could, feasibly, reach the Supreme Court, which would mean that “Trump’s nominee could be the deciding vote on whether Trump or his supporters broke the law.” Such a situation would obviously be fraught with major conflicts of interest.
There are, for what it’s worth, dozens of Senators who agree with Warren and say that Gorsuch’s confirmation should be put on hold. The 41 Senators required to sustain a filibuster against Gorsuch’s confirmation have already announced their plans to do so.
However, complicating the Democrats’ efforts is the fact that Senate Republican leadership has announced plans to allow 51 Senators to break a filibuster instead of the previous 60.
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