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Dem Senator Jeff Merkley to Seek Injunction to Stop Kavanaugh Vote
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=34279"><span class="small">Elana Schor, Politico</span></a>   
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:03

Schor writes: "Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Wednesday will announce that he's seeking an injunction in federal court designed to stop a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh, asserting an obstruction of his constitutional duty to advise and consent on nominees."

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. (photo: Getty Images)
Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. (photo: Getty Images)

Dem Senator Jeff Merkley to Seek Injunction to Stop Kavanaugh Vote

By Elana Schor, Politico

26 September 18


en. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Wednesday will announce that he's seeking an injunction in federal court designed to stop a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh, asserting an obstruction of his constitutional duty to advise and consent on nominees.

Merkley's still-pending filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes as Senate Republicans vow to push ahead with a vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee in the coming days — and hours before a landmark hearing slated with Christine Blasey Ford, who has alleged a decades-old sexual assault by Kavanaugh.

Merkley's bid for an injunction hinges on the Senate's constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on nominees and charges that he's been prevented from fulfilling that due to the withholding of records on Kavanaugh's past service in the George W. Bush administration.

“The events of the past ten days have only underscored how critical it is that the Senate conduct a careful and comprehensive review of a nominee before giving its consent,” Merkley told POLITICO in a statement.

“The unprecedented obstruction of the Senate’s advice and consent obligation is an assault on the separation of powers and a violation of the Constitution. The President and Mitch McConnell want to ram through this nomination come hell or high water, without real advice or informed consent by the Senate, but that’s just not how our Constitution works.”

Ford's allegation is not directly cited in Merkley's filing, which is unlikely to succeed in stopping the vote. But the entrance of the Oregonian, who's indicated interest in a 2020 presidential bid, into the Kavanaugh debate further heightens the politically charged atmosphere shrouding the nomination. Merkley delivered a 15-hour floor speech last year in an ultimately failed bid to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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+1 # pstamler 2018-09-26 22:31
Good effing luck. While I support not having a premature vote, the chance that a court will interfere with the Senate's internal affairs, given the separation of powers, is somewhat less than zero.
+9 # librarian1984 2018-09-26 22:52
A fourth woman has come forward to say that she was with a group of people including Kavanaugh in a DC bar when he, under the influence of alcohol, shoved her friend against a wall 'aggressively and sexually'. This occurred in 1998 while he was working with the Starr investigation.

The victim chooses to remain anonymous but the other three accusers have all said they want to testify before the Judiciary Committee. All three are asking for the FBI to investigate their charges.

In addition, Mark Judge's college girlfriend has offered to testify that he confided to her that he had participated in sexual misconduct. Others have offered corroborative testimony as well but only two are scheduled to testify tomorrow at 10 am est.

If the committee does not listen to these people they will go on television and it will be even worse.

I do feel sorry for Kavanaugh's wife and daughters. Not only will these accusations hurt them, but if the past is any indication Brett will get drunk and be an aggressive arsehole.
+12 # Jaax88 2018-09-26 23:23
Merkley is right to challenge the GOP's conduct in holding its bogus hearing on Kavanaugh for advice and consent. All relevant information should be presented What is the GOP hiding?
+7 # Robbee 2018-09-27 07:49
Dem Senator Jeff Merkley to Seek Injunction to Stop, 26 September 18

O U T S T A N D I N G !

this is what democracy looks like!

jeff is doing exactly what every senator OUGHT TO BE DOING!

without 174,000 emails midnight k is garbage thrown at the senate in the midst of darkness!

jeff! do your duty! shine a light!

this is exactly what i've been waiting for, ever since dickhead withheld these emails!
+4 # Blackjack 2018-09-27 10:28
The GOP is hiding a lot--some of which no one but they know, but much of which is in plain sight for those who care about separating fact from fiction. They want to ram this nomination through so that, once on the court, Kavanaugh can be the deciding vote on whether Frump is held accountable for the crimes that Mueller has already uncovered. Then they can go on their merry way to overturning Roe, continue to give corporations the upper hand on every issue that comes before the court, strip away what's left of voting rights, and continue, unabated with their plan to turn the U.S. into an oligarchy under which rich white conservative men rule.

They have to get Kavanaugh through, regardless, because if unable to do so they will likely not have time before the midterms to get someone else confirmed. In addition, the Supremes return to session on Oct. 1 and there are so many things on their docket they want done before the midterms. So, they're going for broke with Kavanaugh, a risky plan, but one likely to succeed.

Anyone still think their vote doesn't matter? Welcome to the realities provided by old, white, rich conservative men with power!