Schumer demands GOP delay Gorsuch vote till after Russia probe

Chuck Schumer Gorsuch
Sen. Charles Schumer (Screen snip YouTube, PBS)

On Tuesday, The Hill reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is demanding that Republicans delay any vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court until after the FBI completes its probe into alleged ties between President Trump and Russia.

“It is unseemly to be moving forward so fast on confirming a Supreme Court justice with a lifetime appointment while this big gray cloud of an FBI investigation hangs over the presidency,” he said.

According to The Hill:

Schumer’s request, which is unlikely to gain traction with Republicans, comes as Gorsuch is into his second day before the Judiciary Committee. The committee is expected to vote on his nomination by April 3, with a full Senate vote following within days.

But the the New York Democrat argued that it was “the height of irony” that Republicans blocked then-President Obama from filling the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016 but are “now rushing” to confirm Gorsuch.

“You can bet if the shoe were on the other foot and a Democratic president was under investigation by the FBI the Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances,” he said.

Gorsuch is expected to need 60 votes to clear the Senate, including the support of at least eight Democrats. No Democrat has yet said they will support him, with most of the caucus expected to remain on the fence through the hearings.

Liberty Alliance colleague Jeff Dunetz noted that Gorsuch performed more than admirably, saying that he “hit a grand slam home run,” as evidenced by comments coming the liberal cable news networks:

  • CNN’s John King: “Democrats Have Not Even Bruised, Blemished Anything To This Judge”
  • CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “Very Warm, Affable, Down-Home Kind Of Person”
  • MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “This Has Been A Slam Dunk”
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing: “Impressively Disciplined Performance”
  • MSNBC’s Ari Melbar: “I Didn’t See A Single Glove Laid On Him. He Performed Himself Admirably.”

The Hill added:

FBI Director James Comey confirmed during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday that the bureau is investigating Russia’s meddling in the White House race, including any potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

The White House has repeatedly denied that Trump officials worked with Russia. Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday that he expected the FBI’s probe to come up empty.

“Following this testimony, it’s clear that nothing has changed. Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm that there is no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion,” Spicer said.

Of course this has nothing to do with Russia.  This has everything to do with the left’s desire to cripple Trump.

And, Dunetz added, Schumer has a long history of this hyper-partisan behavior, promising to block and filibuster all of former President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees back in 2007.

“We should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court except in extraordinary circumstances,” Schumer said at the time. “They must prove by actions not words that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not.”

Dunetz correctly observes:

Sadly, Schumer’s call for a delay has nothing to do with the Democratic Party pushed investigation to see if Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia, nor does it have anything to do with precedent or senate tradition.  Senator Chuck ‘The Obstructor’ Schumer is proving that he doesn’t really care about the country as long as he can score political point’s by obstructing the operations of the government.

Understand …this isn’t about policy…”The Obstructor” isn’t arguing policy, and if he did unlike the previous president, Trump would probably invite him to the White House for negotiations.

No, Chuck “The Obstructor” doesn’t want to negotiate, he just wants to prevent the government from operating.


H/T Lidblog


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