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Offbeat Dem senator: Trump's Supreme Court pick shows he's 'terrified of Robert Mueller'

06:10  10 july  2018
06:10  10 july  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Top Dem: Trump's Supreme Court pick should recuse themselves from Russia decisions

  Top Dem: Trump's Supreme Court pick should recuse themselves from Russia decisions "The president should not be permitted to appoint a justice who will decide whether or not he complies with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury""The president should not be permitted to appoint a justice who will decide whether or not he complies with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury or pardons himself," Blumenthal said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "I believe that whoever is appointed ought to recuse himself and commit to recusing himself from those kinds of decisions that affect the personal finances or the special prosecutor investigation.

Sen . Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Monday laid into President Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court , saying he did so to .@realDonaldTrump is terrified of Robert Mueller Robert Swan Mueller Sasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

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a man wearing a suit and tie© Provided by The Hill Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Monday laid into President Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, saying he did so to protect himself in the ongoing Russia probe.

Merkley suggested Trump picked Kavanaugh because of the judge's past writings that argue a president should be shielded from ongoing investigations.

Trump tapped Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Prior to serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh worked as a White House aide under former President George W. Bush, and for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated former President Clinton in the 1990s.

In his legal writings, Kavanaugh has argued the president should be shielded from the demands of criminal and civil investigations because they interfere with his official duties.

Prior to Trump's announcement, Democrats expressed concerns over the nominee's role in any decisions involving special counsel Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Some lawmakers suggested Trump's nominee would have a conflict of interest in any court cases related to the investigation.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), argued Sunday that the Supreme Court may ultimately have to weigh in if Trump refuses to comply with a subpoena in the Mueller investigation, as his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has suggested.

Leonard Leo, who took a leave from the conservative group the Federalist Society to aide Trump with the Supreme Court pick, dismissed Democratic calls to delay the confirmation process until after Mueller concludes his investigation as a "red herring."

Mueller Asks Manafort Judge to Give Immunity to Five Witnesses .
Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to give immunity to five people who may testify at next week’s bank-fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Mueller didn’t identify the five witnesses in a court filing Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. He said the five are likely to invoke their right against self-incrimination if they don’t receive immunity. Their names will only be made public if they are called to testify, he said.To contact the reporters on this story: David Voreacos in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, at dvoreacos@bloomberg.

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