The Senate should eliminate the 60-vote rule, thereby doing away with the filibuster and making it a permanent order of business to require a simple majority vote on matters before that body, Larry Klayman, former federal prosecutor and founder of Freedom Watch, told Newsmax TV Friday.
Republican senators changed the rules on Friday, allowing for a simple majority vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick, to the Supreme Court. Democrats had threatened to filibuster the vote. Gorsuch was swiftly confirmed and will be sworn in Monday.
"I think it's a good thing because, again, the Republicans were able for the first time in many, many years to assert themselves," Klayman told "America Talks Live" host Miranda Khan. "I think it should be permanent. It's the only way things are going to happen in the Senate."
Klayman, who once ran for the Senate, said the time he has spent on Capitol Hill led him to determine that Senators have lost touch with the American people.
"These senators are so much into themselves. They prance around in these very fancy suits and ties and cuff links," he said. "They just simply don't listen to the American people, and they're so much into their own environment there that they think they can filibuster something when the American people want something because it doesn’t suit their ends."
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Klayman said the events over Gorsuch’s nomination also allowed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans to exhibit "some strength up there because they haven't shown it for the last eight years with [former President Barack] Obama."
"McConnell held his ground and I admire him for that. I haven't always liked McConnell, but I'm starting to have a more positive view," he said.
Republicans were in a position of having to exercise some muscle, Klayman maintained, following the recent loss of support for a bill to make changes to Obamacare.
"It's about time that somebody stood for principle, and I think McConnell did here and the Republicans get the credit for that," he said.
Klayman also spoke about the ethics complaint Freedom Watch had filed against Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) claiming he sought to cover up an investigation into charges that officials in the Obama administration used government intel agencies to spy on President Donald Trump and other private citizens for political purposes. Schiff is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
"What we said in our complaint, and you can find it at FreedomWatchUSA.org if people want to read it, is he's obstructing justice, and he has an oath of office to carry out the law of the land. He hasn't done that and that's the reason for the complaint," Klayman said.
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