A report from Politico indicates that there is a battle within the Democratic Party on how much power they will exert placing judges on federal benches should they retake the White House in 2020.
Citing the way that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held open the Supreme Court seat that was supposed to be filled by Chief United States Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, only to have Trump nominate conservative jurist Neil Gorsuch to the court, Democrats are considering using hardball tactics of their own.
According to the report, “activists and several presidential candidates [are] eager for payback against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,” while some Democratic leaders are hesitant to sink to the GOP senator’s level.
“When you think about Merrick Garland and what McConnell has done to the Senate, there’s a lot of feelings of vengeance and revenge,” explained Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). “We just hope the better angels of our nature will prevail.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who could be Donald Trump’s opponent in the 2020 election claims there is no advantage to taking the high road.
“Democrats should not play by a different set of rules from Republicans,” she stated in an interview. “We can’t live in a world where the Republicans twist everything their way whether they’re in the majority or the minority and the Democrats just keep trotting along. That’s not working.”
Politico reports that there are several strategies in the works including, “changes to the Supreme Court to pledging to only nominate judges who would uphold the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade to pressing conservative groups like the Judicial Crisis Network to reveal their donors.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is unapologetic about her desire to treat Republicans like McConnell has treated the Democrats.
“I don’t consider it vengeance. I consider it doing something about the reality of what’s happening to our courts,” she remarked.
For the moment Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants Democrats to concentrate on taking control of the Senate and reclaiming the White House from Trump and not to tip their hand on the plans this early.
“Our first job is to take back the Senate and then we’ll discuss everything else,” he said.
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State Department retaliated against NPR by kicking reporter off Mike Pompeo’s plane: report
The U.S. State Department appears to be retaliating against National Public Radio (NPR) after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suffered a caught-on-tape meltdown following an interview with NPR "All Things Considered" co-host Mary Louise Kelly.
According to PBS "Newshour" reporter Nick Schifrin, the State Department kicked NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Kelemen off of Pompeo's jet.
"State Department removes NPR’s Michele Kelemen from Sec. Pompeo plane--where she was scheduled for a pool radio rotation--during upcoming trip to London, Kiev," Schifrin reported.
AFP State Department correspondent Shaun Tandon blasted the move on behalf of the State Department Correspondent's Association.
Legal expert calls Susan Collins statement on Bolton news ‘weak tea’ – and drops bombshell: Chief Justice can issue subpoena
Former American Constitution Society president Caroline Fredrickson has some harsh words for U.S. Senator Susan Collins over the Maine Republican lawmaker's statement on the John Bolton bombshell. Fredrickson also dropped a bombshell of her own, about the powers of the Chief Justice during an impeachment trial.
"It's less than weak tea, it's not even water," Fredrickson said on MSNBC Monday morning. She was referring to Collins' remarks on news Bolton's unpublished book reveals Trump personally told the former National Security Advisor in August that he wanted to continue to withhold aid to Ukraine to extort that country into producing "dirt" on Joe Biden.
‘She will lose my vote’: Maine voters tell MSNBC they’re ready to kick Susan Collins out of office
MSNBC traveled to Maine this week to get a sense of how voters there feel about Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) -- and it looks like the moderate Republican is making a lot of people unhappy.
In interviews, both supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump's impeachment said they were upset with how Collins is sitting on the fence and wringing her hands about whether to call witnesses at the president's Senate impeachment trial.
"She will lose my vote when she runs again," pro-impeachment Maine voter Stevie Colburn tells MSNBC, although she also held out hope that Collins would agree to call witnesses and subpoena documents in the president's trial.