Trump’s nominee for SCOTUS has had a couple of bad weeks…..first one accusation of sexual misconduct….then a second….from the gossip around there maybe be a third.
During all this the nominee has said he is completely innocent of the charges (as one would expect him to do)…..but the Senate in its haste to confirm will ignore all sense of legality and push this person through the process….
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the AP reports. The committee vote is being set for the day after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are to testify about her allegation he sexually assaulted her when they were teens. That public hearing is set for Thursday. The committee scheduled the vote as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he was moving forward with Kavanaugh’s nomination. The committee will be voting on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate. Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanugh would be confirmed.
Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s claim and that of another woman who has come forward with an allegation from his time at Yale. That woman, Deborah Ramirez, offered on Tuesday to give a sworn statement to the FBI. Her attorney, John Clune, tweeted that he’s been “working hard to cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee,” but that “they have refused to meet all scheduled appointments.” He said an FBI investigation has been formally requested and concluded, “Ms. Ramirez is ready to swear to the FBI under penalty of perjury. Why won’t the Senate Judiciary Committee welcome that?” He says he will be on Anderson Cooper’s show Tuesday night to discuss the case.
You can tell that the position is NO longer the position that was intended….when there are political style ads for his confirmation…..the position is no longer about the rule of law but rather party politics….and the Founders are flipping in their graves.
I think that there needs to be an investigation and that this person should step out of the process and bring in fresh meat.
If the Dems are as successful as all seem to think then there will be hearings and a possible impeachment of the judge…..,can a judge be removed from the Supreme Court?
Damn right he/she can!
Although an appointment to the United States Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment, the U.S. Constitution includes language that allows a justice to be impeached and forcibly removed from office. Article 3, Section 1 of the Constitution states, “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour…”
Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution states: “The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” Because federal judges are considered civil officers, they are subject to this rule.
Article 3 mentions good behavior of judges, without defining it. According to the Congress.org website, produced by CQ-Roll Call Group, this is taken to mean that the reasons for impeachment of a federal judge aren’t limited to criminal acts.
The impeachment process begins in the House of Representatives, with passage of articles of impeachment by a majority vote. The articles of impeachment state specific allegations of wrongdoing. The second step in the process is a trial in the U.S. Senate on the allegations. To convict someone who has been impeached, a two-thirds majority vote is required by the Senate. If convicted by the Senate, the accused is immediately removed from office.
The Federal Judicial Center lists federal judges who have been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives. No Supreme Court justice has been convicted and removed, and only one has been impeached. The House impeached Justice Samuel Chase in 1804. The impeachment accused him of basing court decisions on political bias and misconduct. The Senate acquitted Chase in 1805 and he returned to duty.
The Dems will get even for the game played by the GOP on Obama’s choice of justice….all the whining in the world by the Repubs will not change the course of this event.
Kavanaugh is a liability he should step aside and let someone else take the heat.
His politics are god-awful and we need someone that will put the country and its laws first and party politics in the crapper where they belong.
His politics is god awful, but that is hardly news. It was a sure thing that Trump would nominate someone with god-awful politics. Because he knows little and cares less about the judicial system, except when it impinges on his financial shenanigans, and because, as part of his pact with “conservatives” Trump outsourced judicial appointments to the Federalist Society, anyone he would nominate was bound to come with god-awful politics.
At least, this particular god-awful jurist is well schooled, well spoken (in the way that lawyers are), and intelligent enough to talk like a lawyer or judge, while dissembling shamelessly and saying nothing of substance. That puts him leagues ahead of Trump. It also puts him head and shoulders above the average Republican.