August 22, 2018
We Are Approaching a Constitutional Crisis: Senate Shouldn’t Be Considering a Supreme Court Nominee While the President Is Implicated in Criminal Activity
Following is the statement from Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society:
“Yesterday’s guilty verdict in the Paul Manafort case and guilty plea by Michael Cohen are game changers in the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court. We shouldn’t be considering a nominee to the nation’s highest court while the President is implicated in criminal activity.
“Given that the Manafort and Cohen cases raise legal arguments that could go quickly to the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh’s legal views on presidential power could have alarming implications.
“We call on the Senate to postpone the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in order to fulfill its ‘advise and consent’ role with respect to choosing the next Supreme Court justice and fully review Judge Kavanaugh’s records. Kavanaugh has said some alarming things that indicate that he thinks the president is above the law.
“Between the President’s liability as a conspirator in a federal crime and the scant number of Judge Kavanaugh’s records that have been produced for Senate review, the Senate should hit the pause button.
“Instead of proceeding with hearings on the next Supreme Court Justice, the Senate should be investigating the President."