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the power struggle inside America continues

 

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) has been showing exceptional leadership in the Trump era. Today she again showed other Democrats how to stand up and fight back. After the felony guilty verdicts for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, entered guilty pleas on eight federal felonies, Senator Hirono has had enough and is leading the charge to stop the Judge Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination in its tracks.

Senator Mazie Hirono

@maziehirono

I have cancelled my meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. @realDonaldTrump, who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal matter, does not deserve the courtesy of a meeting with his nominee—purposely selected to protect, as we say in Hawaii, his own okole.

This is the proper framing for all Democrats. There is no universe where it should be acceptable for a president embroiled in a criminal investigation, one that is inching closer and closer to his doorstep by the minute, to have the privilege of nominating a Supreme Court nominee to a lifetime appointment. Even worse, a judge who may very well end up presiding over Donald Trump’s own cases before the court. ABSOLUTELY NOT. This should be a red line for not just Democrats, but all senators. This is about law and order. This is about the very foundation of American justice.

Senator Hirono is not the only one calling for a delay in confirmation hearings. Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer is also ringing that bell.

Chuck Schumer

@SenSchumer

Judge Kavanaugh’s refusal to say a POTUS must comply w a duly issued subpoena & Mr Cohen’s implication of POTUS in a federal crime make the danger of Kavanaugh’s nomination to the SCOTUS abundantly clear.

It’s a game changer & Chairman Grassley should delay confirmation hearings

We need to get their backs. Please pick up the phone and call your senator, regardless of state, regardless of party and demand a delay in Kavanaugh’s hearing, especially if you live in Maine, where Senator Susan Collins is once again trying to portray herself as a centrist, while once again supporting an extremist nominee. She can end this nightmare by herself and she needs to hear from you TODAY.

Republicans are hellbent on cramming this nomination in before the American people have their say in November, despite it being increasingly clear that Donald Trump’s actions leading up to the election may very well have been criminal, as well as his repeated and continued efforts to obstruct justice and cover-up these crimes. ENOUGH! The phones of every single member of Congress and the Senate should be ringing of the hook today.

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18:  The phone number of the U.S. Capitol switchboard is displayed during a news conference to call on Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to open up a debate on offshore drilling on Capitol Hill August 18, 2008 in Washington, DC. House Republicans have urged people to call Democratic House Representatives in their districts to return to the Congress from their recess for the debate.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 · 5:57:19 PM BST · Jen Hayden

Other senators are taking Hirono’s lead. There should absolutely not be any confirmation hearing during an ongoing criminal investigation, especially now that Donald Trump has been named as an unindicted co-conspirator.

Ed Markey

@SenMarkey

I will not take a meeting with Brett Kavanaugh. He has been nominated by someone implicated, and all but named as a co-conspirator, in federal crimes.

His nomination is tainted and should be considered illegitimate.

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