Politics Kavanaugh May Shield Trump From Mueller's Probe, Democrats Say

22:08  10 july  2018
22:08  10 july  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

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

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(Bloomberg) -- Senate Democrats trying to rally opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are portraying him as a potential threat to the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that of the 25 names on President Donald Trump’s list of possible high court nominees, “he chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation.” The Senate shouldn’t consider Kavanaugh until the nominee “specifically commits to recuse himself” from any criminal investigations concerning the president, Senator Richard Blumenthal said.

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The Democrats’ argument stems from a 2009 law review article written by Kavanaugh, who said Congress might want to enact a law to defer “any personal civil suits against presidents” as well as “criminal investigations and prosecutions” until they leave office. He didn’t assert in the article that courts already had the power to grant such delays.

He wrote that his views were shaped by his work for independent counsel Kenneth Starr, when he helped write a report recommending grounds for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and his later service in the White House under President George W. Bush.

‘Swing Vote’

Kavanaugh’s nomination comes as Trump’s lawyers are resisting pressure to be interviewed by Mueller, who’s investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether anyone close to Trump colluded in the meddling and whether Trump sought to obstruct the probe.

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But CNN legal analyst Laura Coates said that while such arguments may make sense politically, they are irrelevant to Mueller ' s mandate -- to probe whether there was collusion between any Trump associate and Russia.

In addition, Blumenthal contended that “Judge Kavanaugh, if he is a justice, would be the swing vote” in deciding if Trump could eventually pardon himself. He said “that’s the accountability that will be lost if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed.”

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said judges probably shouldn’t face recusal just because Trump picked them.

“It makes perfect sense to me that Jeff Sessions can’t oversee an investigation of the campaign he was part of,” Graham said of the attorney general in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But I wouldn’t have a broad rule that you can’t, you know, review anything against President Trump because he chose you.”

(Updates with Schumer comment in second paragraph.)

--With assistance from Laura Litvan.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Winck in Washington at bwinck@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Derek Wallbank at dwallbank@bloomberg.net, Kasia Klimasinska, Larry Liebert

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Liberals attack Brett Kavanaugh for 'frat boy' name .
The latest line of attack from liberals against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, is knocking the judge for his “frat boy”-sounding first name. “We'll be D***ED if we're going to let five MEN—including some frat boy named Brett—strip us of our hard-won bodily autonomy and reproductive rights,” the influential pro-choice organization NARAL tweeted Tuesday.Comedian Stephen Colbert of CBS’ “The Late Show” also mocked Kavanaugh’s name.“Now I don’t know much about Kavanaugh, but I’m skeptical because his name is Brett,” Colbert said during the monologue on his show Tuesday.

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