Thomas Gallatin / August 23, 2018

Dems Use Cohen to Try Obstructing Kavanaugh Hearings

Schumer uses Cohen’s guilty plea as an excuse to further obstruction against Trump.

In their latest obstructionist play, Senate Democrats have called for postponing confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. In a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) contended that the recent plea deal made by Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is an indictment against the president. Based solely on Cohen’s allegation, Schumer argued that Trump is “an unindicted co-conspirator of a federal crime” and thus he should not get to make “a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court” because the Court “may someday soon determine the extent of the president’s legal jeopardy.” Conveniently for Democrats, Schumer declared, “The Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately pause the consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination.”

Democrats are clearly seeking to exploit this as a political tool for the coming midterms. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) echoed Schumer’s talking points, insisting that Kavanaugh’s nomination was “tainted with illegality.” And the always hyperbolic Democrat senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, demanded that Kavanaugh’s confirmation process be halted until Robert Mueller’s investigation is concluded because of “the matter of the president being credibly implicated, or alleged to be a criminal co-conspirator” in crimes related to campaign-finance law. Booker, after all, would like to make his own appointment after 2020.

It’s almost comical how predictable the Democrats are in so quickly jumping off their Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy just as soon as the opportunity to use another completely unrelated crime presented itself. It’s their “get Trump at all costs” policy. And yet in this instance, Schumer’s argument finds no support in historic precedent. Back in 1998, while the House was proceeding with impeachment hearings against Bill Clinton, the Senate had no qualms about confirming his nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Like we mentioned earlier, Democrats’ rhetoric is merely intended as a means of pandering to their political base for the midterm elections, as Democrats know full well they won’t be able to stop the confirmation hearings.

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