Sen. Coons: ‘Very Little Chance’ Kavanaugh Confirmation ‘Will Be Delayed’
WASHINGTON — Despite Democrats’ calls to delay Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh until after the mid-term election, one Democrat Senate Judiciary Committee member thinks there is little chance Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote will indeed be delayed.
“There is very little chance that this will be delayed given that Republicans are unanimous in insisting on moving ahead with this on an expedited basis,” Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said on Tuesday. “So, frankly, I think we need to prepare for what needs to be some very demanding hearings and for thoroughly exploring the record of Judge Kavanaugh.”
Coons’ thoughts came just before Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the microphone with his fellow Democrats at a press conference in front of the Supreme Court, where Schumer said his caucus would do whatever they had to do to block the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.
“I’m going to fight the Kavanaugh nomination with everything I’ve got,” Schumer said.
The No. 2 Democrat in the upper chamber, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, told The Daily Caller he believes it is only fair to demand the delay, saying it is in Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s power to do, referencing McConnell’s refusal to give a confirmation hearing to Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Additionally, Durbin has little concern about the tough feat his party has to attempt to take back both the House and the Senate this mid-term election cycle, though his party has 25 Senate seats to defend as opposed to Republicans’ nine Senate seats.
“It’s a worthy goal and I think we can reach it,” Durbin said. “It’s amazing the amount of money that’s come forward on this from voluntary contributions across the United States. People get it.”