Senate Democratic lawmakers are seeking to pressure President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by using “every tool at their disposal” to prevent it, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told Just the News.
“I know that there’s a lot of political pundits interested in talking about, you know, what Democrats would do if we won the majority of the Senate and the majority of the House and the White House next year, but this is an existential crisis right now,” said Murphy. “Our focus right now needs to be on stopping this justice,” Murphy said.
Despite discussions between Republican and Democratic lawmakers about the nomination to the court vacancy, Ginsburg herself acknowledged that it was a constitutional duty of the president to act in the best interests of the process.
The justice gave a speech at Georgetown University Law Center for the appointment of Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to replace conservative Justice Anton Scalia during the Barack Obama administration.
“As you know, the president has the authority to name appointees to the Supreme Court, but he has to do so with the advice and consent of the Senate,” Ginsburg said as reported by Breitbart.
“The president is elected for four years, not three years,” she added. “So the power that he has in year three continues into year four, and maybe some members of the Senate will wake up and appreciate that that’s how it should be.”
Prior to her death, Ginsburg who was nominated to the court in 1993 by then-Democratic President Bill Clinton issued a statement to her family in which she expressed her desire that her post remain vacant until the new administration is known after the presidential election.
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” Ginsburg told her granddaughter weeks before she died.
As Breitbart News pointed out, Democrats are looking for ways to prevent the nomination in Congress until January in the hope that their party’s current candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, will win the election and can propose his own candidate.
According to Murphy, Democrats in the Senate are not dismissing the idea of instituting a charge against the president to prevent a Supreme Court nomination.
“I don’t know that anybody’s talking about trying to impeach the president between now and the election. We’ll use every tool at our disposal in the Senate to try to slow down this nomination and to try to make sure that this person, whoever it is, is properly vetted,” Murphy said.
Last Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not rule out the idea of impeachment against President Donald Trump or Attorney General William Barr in the event that the Republican-majority Senate approves the Supreme Court nomination.
“We have our options,” Pelosi said.
Last Tuesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized the Democrats for wanting to delay the Supreme Court nomination until after the inauguration, calling their motives a “blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution.”
“Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have shown blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution. (…) Apparently it’s now a high crime and misdemeanor for a lawfully elected president of the United States to exercise his constitutional duty,” McEnany said, according to Fox News.