Three liberal Senators filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block President Trump’s pick to become Acting Attorney General at the Department of Justice; claiming the appointment “violated the United States Constitution” and bypassed the Senate’s confirmation process.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Washington, DC and was signed by Senators Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Mazie Hirono; claiming Matthew Whitaker must undergo a full nomination hearing.
“Americans prize a system of checks and balances, which President Trump’s dictatorial appointment betrays,” Blumenthal said in a statement.
Democratic Senators claim the appointment of Whitaker poses a direct threat to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
DEMS GO NUCLEAR: Democratic Party Sues TRUMP, RUSSIA, WIKILEAKS for ‘Collusion’
The Democratic Party filed a bombshell lawsuit Friday, alleging the Trump campaign, Russian government, and WikiLeaks conspired to “disrupt” the 2016 presidential election and defeat Hillary Clinton.
“The multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that ‘In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort’ to mount ‘a brazen attack on American Democracy,’ which included Russian infiltration of the Democratic Party computer network,” writes CNBC.
The lawsuit claims that “pre-existing relationships” between Russia and Trump’s inner-circle helped facilitate the cooperation; mounting a sophisticated campaign to sway voters away from the Democratic nominee.
DNC chairman Tom Perez commented on the impending legal battle Friday, saying the move was “not partisan, it’s patriotic.”
“If the occupant of the Oval Office won’t protect our democracy, Democrats will. It is our obligation to the American people,” Perez added.
DEMS IN DENIAL: Sen. Bill Nelson Files NEW LAWSUIT Over ‘Unconventional’ Ballots
The midterm election madness continued Tuesday night in Florida, with Sen. Bill Nelson filing a new lawsuit over “unconventional ballots” used in his race against Republican Rick Scott.
“The lawsuit, filed in federal court by both Nelson and the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm in Tallahassee, asks a judge to ensure that the Florida Department of State does not disqualify ballots where selections are marked in different ways, so long as the voter’s intention is clear,” writes the Hill.
The lawsuit claims Florida’s Secretary of State may have illegally rejected ballots that “marked a selection in more than one way.”
“The State will incur no burden in counting the votes of voters who clearly indicated their definite choice for Florida’s U.S. Senate race, but may not have done so in the same manner for every race on the ballot or may not have cancelled-out erroneous overvotes using written words,” says the suit according to court filings.
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