President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he nominated United States Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo talked with a panel of experts on his show to get their first reactions to President Trump’s pick.
CNN’s legal analyst Jeffery Toobin said that it was all political and the majority of the picks were “swampy selections.”
“The biggest myths in Washington, D.C. is that judges are not political. Obviously they’re very political both in bad ways and in good ways,” Toobin said. “He’s smart. He knows what he’s doing. In fact, he was the one who recommended to president George W. Bush, at least according to Bush in ‘Decision Points’, his autobiography, that Roberts be the pick.”
Toobin continued: “Bush was trying to decide between a number of conservative judges, and he said, which one will be the one who will be a leader because, remember, it was for the chief justice seat.”
“It was Kavanaugh, who recommended John Roberts. And I think that John Roberts is somebody that he has followed his career and modeled himself after. We should also point out that I think Neil Gorsuch was two years ahead of him at Georgetown prep. So these are swampy selections,” he concluded.
CNN’s Jake Tapper chimed in and said that some senator would refuse him. “I think you’re going to see a lot of statements from senators saying I’m going to take this person seriously. One key statement, we’ve seen from Chuck Schumer, said he’s going to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything he has,” Tapper said.
Devin Nunes goes nuts at impeachment hearing — and says Dems would’ve impeached George Washington
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Wednesday delivered yet another crazed rant at House Democrats during impeachment hearings.
As has been the case with all of his opening statements, Nunes did not at all try to rebut the damning facts that have been established by the impeachment hearings so far, and instead railed against Democrats for attacking President Donald Trump during the Russia investigation.
Toward the end of his opening statement, Nunes went way out into left field and accused Democrats of wanting to impeach George Washington.
"The Democrats' fake outrage that President Trump used his own channel to communicate with Ukraine -- I'll remind my friends on the other side of the aisle that our first president, George Washington, directed his own diplomatic channels to secure a treaty with Great Britain," he said. "If my Democratic colleagues were around in 1794, they probably would want to impeach him, too."
Schiff takes aim at Pence and Pompeo in blistering opening statement: They obstruct ‘at their own peril’
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took aim at Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as new evidence draws him closer into the Ukraine scandal.
EU ambassador's opening statement will show he briefed Pompeo on his efforts to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden, and that the secretary of state signed off on the scheme -- which Sondland said White House officials understood had been directed by President Donald Trump.
"I want to say a word about President Trump's and Secretary Pompeo's obstruction of this investigation," Schiff said in his opening statement. "We have not received a single document from the State Department and, as Ambassador Sondland's opening statement today will make clear, those documents bear directly on this investigation and this impeachment inquiry."
Sondland says Ukrainians knew there was a quid pro quo for military aid — because he told them
E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's opening statement contains a blizzard of damning allegations about President Donald Trump and his immediate officials' conduct surrounding the withholding of foreign aid to Ukraine.
In particular, Sondland's statement directly contradicts a major talking point used by Republicans to defend the president: That there couldn't have been a quid pro quo to force the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, because the Ukrainians did not know the delay in military aid was linked to opening investigations.