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Former McConnell chief of staff whines Democrats are trying to ‘avenge’ snub of Merrick Garland by attacking Kavanaugh

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Disregarding multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the former chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) complained that Democrats are trying to get payback for the snub of Merrick Garland, an appointee of President Barack Obama who never even got a hearing.

With Kavanaugh buffeted my multiple assault accusations — to say nothing of being accused of perjuring himself during his Senate confirmation hearings — conservatives are attempting to rally the base by pushing back at the motives for opposing the conservative jurist.

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Garland, the Chief Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on which Kavanaugh also sits, was nominated to fill the 2016 vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death that February of Justice Antonin Scalia by President Obama.

However, McConnell declared the appointment dead on arrival, saying the next Supreme Court justice should be chosen by the winner of the 2016 election.

“Of course,” McConnell said at the time, “the American people should have a say in the court’s direction. It is a president’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on the president and withhold its consent.”

Speaking with the New York Times, Josh Holmes, who previously served as chief of staff to McConnell, whined that Kavanaugh is collateral damage in a long-simmering war over how Garland was treated.

“Clearly, the ultimate goal of Senate Democrats is to avenge their perceived injustice of Merrick Garland,” lamented Holmes. “The only way to accomplish that is to burn the clock on this nomination by any means necessary in hopes that they win the majority in the Senate and deny President Trump an appointment for the next two years.”

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According to blunt-talking Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that is not such a bad idea.

“I think we’ve had those kinds of vacancies before, and we certainly had over a one-year vacancy with Merrick Garland,” she explained to Politico last week. “So the world does not come to an end because we don’t fill all of the nominees.”

You can read more about the fight over Kavanagh and how it may impact the 2018 midterms here.

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One of the 2 articles of impeachment against Trump points the way to disqualify him from running for president again

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If President Donald Trump were to be acquitted on articles on impeachment in a U.S. Senate trial and win reelection in 2020, he would be the first president in United States history to be impeached in the House yet win a second term. That’s one possible scenario, depending on what happens in a likely Senate trial and the 2020 presidential election. But journalist Lauren Frias, in an article for Business Insider, describes another scenario: Trump is removed from office by the Senate yet runs for president again anyway.

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Trump pretends he was in the military during White House reception

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President Donald Trump held a White House Hanukkah party a few weeks before the Jewish holiday and during the event, he seemed to be claiming he served in the military when he didn't.

"Like we used to say in the military, make a path,” Trump said.

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Trump not only never served in the military he actively dodged the draft, getting a pass due to alleged bone spurs in his feet. It's unknown if Trump actually has bone spurs, but such a condition doesn't disappear.

Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska Senator and SEAL officer in the U.S. Navy went after the president in March demanding to see proof of the bone spurs.

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America shocked Louie Gohmert outed suspected whistleblower during hearing

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) named the latest person that right-wing media believes is the White House whistleblower during Wednesday's impeachment proceedings in the House Judiciary Committee.

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People were shocked by Gohmert's speech. People suggested the Texas Republican should be referred to the House Ethics Committee for investigation and/or be censured and/or expelled from the House of Representatives.

Here's some of what people were saying:

Cut his mic, escort him the hearing, strip him of all committees....then make him sit a Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan's lunch table!

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