Mc­Connell de­fends Court nom­i­nee’s writ­ings

The Niagara Falls Review - - Canada & World - LISA MASCARO AND KEVIN FREKING

WASH­ING­TON — The Se­nate’s top Repub­li­can pushed back force­fully Thurs­day on warn­ings from Democrats that Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh might be will­ing to thwart the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion of spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mc­Connell said on the Se­nate floor that Democrats are read­ing too much into writ­ings from Ka­vanaugh, in which he said in­ves­ti­ga­tions of sit­ting pres­i­dents are a dis­trac­tion.

Mc­Connell called the Demo­cratic claims “out­landish” and a “con­spir­acy the­ory” and said they are throw­ing “cat­nip for their far-left base.”

Ka­vanaugh wrote a decade ago that in­ves­ti­ga­tions of pres­i­dents can hurt their abil­ity to gov­ern. He had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing served on the Ken­neth Starr team that in­ves­ti­gated pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton.

Se­nate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called Ka­vanaugh’s views on deal­ing with po­ten­tial ex­ec­u­tive wrong­do­ing “dan­ger­ous.” “If he’s the swing vote on any kind of ra­tio­nal check on this pres­i­dent, I worry. We should all worry,” Schumer said on the Se­nate floor Wednes­day.

In the ar­ti­cle Democrats are cit­ing, Ka­vanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court’s con­clu­sion in Clin­ton v. Jones that pres­i­dents are not con­sti­tu­tion­ally en­ti­tled to a de­fer­ral of civil suits “may well have been en­tirely cor­rect.” But he added that the court did say Con­gress is free to pro­vide a tem­po­rary de­fer­ral, and in­deed, “may be wise to do so” so the pres­i­dent can fo­cus on his elected du­ties.

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