Senator [score]Elizabeth Warren[/score] (D-MA) gave a speech on the floor about how ‘crazy’ and ‘nuts’ it would be if the Senate ended up confirming Gorsuch while our own president is under FBI investigation.
She said that the fallout from the investigation “could result in indictments and appeals that will go all the way to the Supreme Court.” And if Gorsuch is confirmed before then, then Gorsuch would be the deciding vote to rule in favor of Trump, even though we all know deep down that Trump and all his associates are guilty criminals. Here’s part of what she said:
“Mr. President, it is clear that President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, does not have enough support in the Senate to be confirmed under our rules. When a Supreme Court nominee does not have enough support to be confirmed, the solution is to pick a new nominee. But Republicans in the Senate are threatening to pursue a different path – they are considering breaking the Senate rules to force this nominee onto the Supreme Court anyway.”
Hold on a second. Just to clarify, the rules are that Supreme Court nominees are confirmed with a simple majority. That means 51 votes. The Republicans have 52. If allowed to be voted on, Gorsuch would be confirmed, because he does have enough support in the Senate.
Now, it’s true that they could stall a cloture vote (filibuster), and defeating that does take 60 votes. But cloture votes on Supreme Court nominees actually aren’t the norm. They’ve only happened four other times since 1949. Back to her speech:
“I’ll be honest – I think it’s crazy that we are considering confirming a lifetime Trump nominee to the Supreme Court at a moment when the President’s campaign is under the cloud of an active, ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation that could result in indictments and appeals that will go all the way to the Supreme Court-so that Trump’s nominee could be the deciding vote on whether Trump or his supporters broke the law and will be held accountable. That is nuts, and I believe we should tap the brakes on any nominee until this investigation is concluded.
“But even if none of that were happening, I would still oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. My objection is based on Judge Gorsuch’s record, which I have reviewed in detail.”
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