Schumer Asks Committee To Delay Kavanaugh Hearing Over Cohen Guilty Plea

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to members of the press after meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on August 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. K... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 21: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to members of the press after meeting with Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill on August 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh is meeting with members of the Senate after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 22, 2018 12:35 p.m.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked the Senate Judiciary Committee should “immediately pause” the consideration of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, given Michael Cohen’s implication of the President in campaign finance law violations.

“Kavanaugh’s refusal to say a President should comply with a duly issued subpoena and Michael Cohen’s implication of the President in a federal crime, makes the danger of Brett Kanvanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court abundantly clear,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning. “It’s a game-changer. (It) should be.”

Schumer referenced Kavanaugh’s refusal to offer his opinion on the jurisprudence of previously decided Supreme Court cases — like Roe v. Wade — during their meeting as fodder for his call for a delay.

Schumer said those and other frustrations, coupled with Cohen’s saying he carried out hush payments for Trump in the final days of the campaign to keep two women quiet about alleged affairs with the President, were reason enough to delay the nomination hearing, which is set to begin Sept. 4.

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