[Ed. – The evergreen, thoroughly discredited “Trump-Russia” theme will clearly be an all-purpose reason why the Democrats have to refuse cooperation in every conceivable way.]
n. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) argued on Monday that Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, should not be nominated in the midst of a “looming” constitutional crisis.
The Connecticut Democrat explained at a Senate confirmation hearing on Monday that he would be voting against Gorsuch after “deliberating carefully and deeply.”
“I am still angry about the treatment of [President Barack Obama’s nominee] Merrick Garland,” Blumenthal noted. “My Republican colleagues have said if the shoe were on the other foot, we would have done the same. It would have been as wrong if we had [refused to give Garland a hearing] as it was when they did.”
“But my vote is not about Merrick Garland,” he continued. “It is about Neil Gorsuch and it is about the constitutional crisis that may well be looming as a potential threat to our democracy.”
Blumenthal pointed out that FBI Director James Comey has testified that the agency is investigating ties between President Trump’s associates and the Russian interference in the U.S. elections.