Cotton: Americans want judges ‘who understand the difference between making the law and applying the law’

The Senate will not wait on processing a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told “The Story” Monday. “That’s what he [President Trump] campaigned on doing in 2016 and we will process that nominee without delay,” Cotton told host Martha MacCallum. “We did that not only in 2016 but in 2018, too, when there couldn’t have been a clearer referendum just one month after the Brett Kavanaugh vote… The American people returned a Republican majority to the Senate…

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Gaetz accuses Murkowski, Collins of ‘rejecting’ their ‘duties’ by opposing SCOTUS vote before election

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine are shirking their “duty” by saying that whoever wins the election should nominate the next Supreme Court justice, House Judiciary Committee member Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday. “The argument that Democrats, socialists, and apparently Collins and Murkowski are making is somehow, in the fourth quarter of a basketball game, everyone should take a pause to determine who’s going to be the coach next season,” Gaetz told host Tucker Carlson. TRUMP SWIPES AT MURKOWSKI AFTER SHE OPPOSES SENATE TAKING UP SCOTUS NOMINATION “This actually…

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Klobuchar mocked for tweet inadvertently arguing Trump should fill SCOTUS vacancy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is facing a bit of mockery over a tweet that inadvertently argued that President Trump should fill the vacant Supreme Court seat. Amid the ongoing battle on Capitol Hill over whether the Senate should confirm a SCOTUS nominee this close to a presidential election, both Republicans and Democrats have been flipping the script from the positions they took in 2016 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. However, while trying to make the argument that Americans should weigh in on the judicial nominee with their…

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Top Mueller prosecutor says Special Counsel ‘absolutely’ let Americans down: report

Attorneys behind the Russia investigation let the American people down as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to level a more aggressive indictment of President Trump’s conduct, former Justice Department official Andrew Weissmann argued. Weissmann, who has been described as Mueller’s “legal pit bull,” portrays the former special counsel in a new book as scrupulous but allowing his team to be steered in the wrong direction, The Atlantic reported on Monday. The Atlantic’s George Packer specifically asked Weissmann whether the Russia team let the American people down, to which Weissman said,…

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Education Secretary Besty Devos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico. During the interview on “The Story”, Devos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies. “Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” Devos…

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report

The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News’ Martha MacCallum, according to Politico. During the interview on “The Story”, DeVos had been asked about Biden’s promise to roll back her school choice policies. “Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” DeVos…

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Flashback: Kamala Harris was open to packing Supreme Court to shift balance away from conservatives

2020 Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris went on record last year saying she might support adding additional seats to the Supreme Court, in an effort to swing the ideological balance of the judicial branch back to the left. Beginning with Robert Bork’s failed nomination by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s — and continuing up until the most recent nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh — Senate confirmation fights have turned into political do-or-dies for both sides of the aisle, as reflected by Harris’ past comments to Politico. “We are on the verge of a crisis of…

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Senate should be able to move ‘swiftly’ on Trump pick to replace RBG: Carrie Severino

The Senate should be able to move “swiftly” if either Judge Amy Coney Barrett or Judge Barbara Lagoa are nominated for the Supreme Court by President Trump, Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino told “Special Report” Monday. “Both of these women have recently been — not only their vetting updated by the White House, they just updated their Supreme Court list — but they, relatively recently, have been confirmed, both with bipartisan support in the Senate,” Severino told host Bret Baier. “Their FBI investigations were done recently. There’s not a lot of work to be done to bring that up to speed. The…

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Sen. Cory Gardner commits to confirming Trump’s SCOTUS nominee if criteria met

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., has committed to supporting President Trump’s eventual Supreme Court nominee, or at least a nominee who meets his criteria. In a statement Monday, he said: “When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent.” He added: “I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets…

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Trump must watch his language to get Americans behind SCOTUS choice, Frank Luntz says

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is executing “a very smart strategy” by largely staying out of the many controversies surrounding the future of the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, pollster Frank Luntz told “Your World” Monday. “I think it’s smart for Biden to keep quiet for a day and see how everything shakes out,” Luntz told host Neil Cavuto. “I think the Democrats look awful.” Turning to President Trump, Luntz said the incumbent can drum up support for his filling the vacancy left by Ginsburg’s death if he “frames”…

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