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Blumenthal: SCOTUS Vote Must Wait Until After Midterms

Blumenthal: SCOTUS Vote Must Wait Until After Midterms
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. (Bill Clark/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 03:28 PM

The American people should have a voice in who replaces retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the confirmation vote should take place after a new Congress is seated after the November midterm elections, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., argued Thursday.

"A decision of this historic magnitude requires a lot of deliberate consideration," Blumenthal told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "It requires more than the few months we have before this election. And the Republicans ought to adhere to the [Mitch] McConnell rule that these votes should not take place in an election year, so we'll take this case to the American people."

Blumenthal noted he was a law clerk to late Justice Harry Blackmun on the Supreme Court, and he has also argued cases before it, but he has "never seen it so polarized and politicized, and I've never seen such an all-out assault on the rule of law."

The court, he added, is important for protecting fundamental rights and liberties, and not only the Roe V. Wade decision on abortion, "but also gay rights, civil rights like affirmative action, all rights that we take for granted."

Democrats only need to gain one vote to reject a nominee, Blumenthal also pointed out, as it is a "razor-thin majority" Republicans have.

Republicans, meanwhile, eliminated the 60-vote threshold to approve President Donald Trump's first court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Blumenthal said, and may still change rules requiring Judiciary Committee approval for a nominee.

"Keep in mind, we still have the American people on our side if Trump chooses from that list of right-wing fringe ideologues who are committed to overturn Roe V. Wade," Blumenthal said. "That's the reason they are on that list, and I think the more people will be repulsed. All we need is one regular colleague, whether it's Jeff Flake or Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski to say enough is enough. The Supreme Court is too sacrosanct."

Blumenthal added he thinks Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Gorsuch are "potentially dangerous" for the country "if they allow Donald Trump to fulfill his potentially tyrannical and overreaching power over our fundamental rights."

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The vote on whom replaces retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy should take place after a new Congress is seated after the November midterm elections, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., argued Thursday.
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