Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) appears to be promising to block the confirmation of Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
According to a public statement sent out by his Senate office obtained by the Washington Post, Sen. Schumer called it “unseemly” to fast-track Gorsuch’s confirmation to the nation’s highest court while President Trump is under an ongoing FBI investigation surrounding his campaign’s alleged communications with Russian officials during the election.
“I’d like to point out that it is the height of irony that Republicans held this Supreme Court seat open for nearly a calendar year while President Obama was in office, but are now rushing to fill the seat for a president whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI,” the statement read. “You can bet that if the shoe was on the other foot—and a Democratic President was under investigation by the FBI—that Republicans would be howling at the moon about filling a Supreme Court seat in such circumstances.”
On Monday, FBI Director James Comey gave testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, acknowledging that his agency was conducting an investigation of President Trump’s campaign and its ties to the Russian Federation. Comey didn’t divulge any further details, though he did say such connections would be “if possible, prosecuted,” should the investigation yield critical information warranting charges.
In February, the New York Times reported that senior aides within the Trump campaign had “repeated” contact with Russian intelligence officials leading up to the election. And despite Trump’s insistence that he didn’t meet with any Russian officials during his campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported that the billionaire real estate heir and TV personally met with Sergey Kislyak — Russia’s ambassador to the United States — at a VIP reception.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.