Dem. senators want Kavanaugh confirmation delayed after Cohen plea

Dem. senators want Kavanaugh confirmation delayed after Cohen plea
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)

[Ed. – No particular reason; just another stall tactic.]

Senate Democrats argued on Wednesday that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s implication of the president in campaign-finance violations is grounds to delay Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said that President Trump has been “implicated in a criminal plot to violate campaign-finance laws and influence the outcome of an election,” and that Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing must be postponed while the Senate Judiciary Committee continues to investigate the president.

Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii announced that she’d canceled her meeting with Kavanaugh “because I choose not to extend a courtesy to this president who is an un-indicted co-conspirator … of meeting with his nominee.” She further asserted that Kavanaugh had been nominated with the understanding that he’d protect Trump once seated on the High Court.

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Cohen pled guilty to eight charges on Tuesday, including tax evasion and violating campaign-finance laws, in connection with exorbitant sums paid in 2016 to silence women who claimed they’d had affairs with Trump. The president’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer said in his plea that he’d paid the money at his former boss’s request.

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