Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal issued a vague threat to his Republican colleagues Monday afternoon; saying there will be “consequences” if Congress confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
“The fact is that our Republican colleagues are shattering the norms and breaking the rules and breaking their word, and there will be consequences,” Blumenthal said early in his remarks. “There inevitably are consequences when one person breaks his or her word to another.”
“Nothing less than everything is at stake. A shift in the balance of the court that will last for decades if we do not correct it – and believe me, there are appropriate measures that should be considered,” Blumenthal said.
“I fight for the Supreme Court’s legitimacy. I revere the Supreme Court, having argued before it, having clerked on it. Its legitimacy depends on faith and trust. We must act to restore the credibility and legitimacy of the court, which has been so gravely imperiled,” he added.
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BREAKING: Democrat Senators FILE LAWSUIT to Block Trump’s Pick to Lead DOJ
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.
DOUBLE STANDARD: Grassley Says Fusion GPS Founder Gave ‘EXTREMELY MISLEADING’ Testimony
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley slammed Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson this week; saying the man behind the ‘Trump Dossier’ gave “extremely misleading” testimony to Congress.
“I hope that the Justice Department is handling all these instances of false statements to Congress with the same level of seriousness they treated Mr. Cohen’s,” Grassley wrote in a letter released Monday.
“Mr. Cohen did plead guilty to lying to Congress, and must be held to account for doing so. Congress must be able to get true information from witnesses in order to perform its constitutional duties. In the heated political environment surrounding the Russia investigation, it is also important to understand what Mr. Cohen specifically did, and did not, lie about, and not to draw unwarranted conclusions,” Grassley added.
Read Grassley’s full letter here.