Dems Call for Delay on Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings After Cohen Revelations - NBC Chicago

Dems Call for Delay on Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings After Cohen Revelations

Republicans downplayed the impact of Cohen pleading guilty and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's conviction



    Back-to-Back Guilty Plea, Verdict Deal Blow to Trump Admin.

    Two members of President Donald Trump's inner circle are now facing federal prison time, a blow to the current administration. Moreover, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen would not take a presidential pardon if it was offered, according to his attorney. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018)

    Democratic lawmakers argued Wednesday that the president's implication in admitted crimes should result in confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being pushed back, NBC News reported.

    Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii canceled a meeting with Kavanaugh because she didn't want to "extend courtesy to this president who is an unindicted co-conspirator." And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York was among those calling for a delay in the hearings.

    "This is a desperate and pathetic attempt by Democrats to obstruct a highly qualified nominee," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

    Michael Cohen on Tuesday pleaded guilty in New York to several crimes, saying he made hush-money payments that violated campaign finance law at President Donald Trump's direction. Republicans downplayed the impact the plea, as well as the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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    Focus shifts from President Trump's announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee, to the Senate's knock-down, drag-out fight over his confirmation. The Republicans' razor-thin majority won't matter if they can work together, but they may need help from red-state Democrats.

    (Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018)