Bill Clinton’s Supreme Court Picks Were Confirmed While He Was Under Investigation

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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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.

Some said that, in light of recent developments, they would not even meet with Kavanaugh.

But as some noted, many of those refusing to meet with Kavanaugh had no intention of voting to confirm him anyway.

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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