Harris Pushing to Suspend Trump’s Judicial Nominees During the Impeachment Trial

Harris Pushing to Suspend Trump’s Judicial Nominees During the Impeachment Trial

In an effort that will clearly be resisted
by Republicans, failed 2020 candidate Kamala Harris is pushing for President Trump’s
judicial nominees to be suspended during his impeachment trial. Per CNS, Harris, who recently dropped out
of the presidential race, used her speech at the committee’s executive business meeting,
which was scheduled to consider 11 of Trump’s judicial nominees, to speak out specifically
in opposition to the nomination of Judge Andrew Lynn Brasher of Alabama to be U.S. Circuit
Judge for the 11th Circuit. DailyCaller reports Democratic Sen. Kamala
Harris of California and a coalition of left-wing advocacy groups are pressing Senate Republicans
to suspend consideration of judicial nominations during President Donald Trump’s impeachment
trial. Harris, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee,
said it would be “wholly inappropriate” to confirm judges while the Senate considers
whether Trump should be removed from office. “The president is charged with high crimes
and misdemeanors, and the Senate must take seriously its constitutional role in this
process,” Harris said in a statement Wednesday. “During the time when articles of impeachment
are before the Senate, it would be wholly inappropriate to advance the president’s
nominees to the federal judiciary.” A coalition of 29 advocacy organizations sounded
a similar note in a Jan. 7 letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP Sen.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who chairs the Judiciary Committee. The letter warned a president facing removal
for “assaulting the legitimacy of our elections” should not appoint the judges who safeguard
the political process.

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