Bill Clinton’s Supreme Court Picks Were Confirmed While He Was Under Investigation
Following former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s plea deal and the conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, many Democrat lawmakers and Trump critics have called for a delay in the confirmation of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. What they’ve forgotten, it seems, is that both justices nominated by former President Bill Clinton were confirmed while he was under investigation.
Some lawmakers claimed that hearings should be postponed.
Kavanaugh hearing must be immediately postponed so Judiciary Committee can continue vital investigation of Trump campaign criminality & obstruction of justice.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 22, 2018
As of yesterday, the President is now the equivalent of an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal act. Kavanaugh must not be considered until the Mueller investigation is complete. To do otherwise would taint the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) August 22, 2018
This President is an unindicted co-conspirator in a felony criminal investigation and should not have the ability to appoint someone to a lifetime position on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s hearing should be delayed until the investigation is resolved. pic.twitter.com/XosxY9DQ9q
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 22, 2018
History will not look kindly on rushing through a Supreme Court nominee chosen by a president facing significant legal liability and seeking to obstruct a criminal investigation of his wrongdoing. Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination should NOT be considered now.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) August 23, 2018
Some said that, in light of recent developments, they would not even meet with Kavanaugh.
I will not meet with Judge Kavanaugh. Here are my reasons why: pic.twitter.com/dBAlC5qJGO
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 23, 2018
Thank you, Senators. #STOPKavanaugh
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 22, 2018
But as some noted, many of those refusing to meet with Kavanaugh had no intention of voting to confirm him anyway.
“I won’t meet with Kavanaugh” are bold statements mostly coming from Senate offices that had already announced their opposition to him.
All hat and no cattle.
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) August 23, 2018
But what no one seemed to recall was that when former President Bill Clinton nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Byron White in 1993, Clinton was under criminal investigation. Her confirmation was nearly unanimous — 96-3 — just 42 days later.
A year later in 1994, Clinton was under subpoena when Justice Harry Blackmun retired. In spite of that, he nominated Justice Stephen Breyer — who was confirmed with a vote of 87-9 and no significant delays.
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