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Senate Dems call for delay of Kavanaugh hearing due to Trump's possible 'criminal wrongdoing

Senate Democrats have called for a delay in the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh due to President Donald Trump's potential legal issues. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats have jumped on the legal problems of former Trump associates and claim that those issues, along with the president's own potential "criminal wrongdoing," mean the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be delayed, USA Today reported.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, requesting that the hearing be pushed back from its scheduled Sept. 4 date.

"Given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the President, doubts that Judge Kavanaugh believes a president can even be investigated, and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding this nominee's record, we should not move forward with hearings on September 4th," the letter read.

What are they talking about?

The Democrats are taking advantage of the recent conviction of Paul Manafort and guilty plea by Michael Cohen to argue that Trump is in no position to have his judicial nominee confirmed.

Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, was convicted of eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud, and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on campaign finance violations, tax fraud and false statements to a bank.

The Cohen campaign finance violation is the only one that is connected to Trump, as Cohen said he made the payments to keep Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal quiet about alleged affairs "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office."

"Importantly, there is no legitimate reason for the Senate to rush this nomination and fail to perform its constitutional duty," the letter from the Democrats read. "This is especially true, when the President, who faces significant legal jeopardy, chose the one candidate who has consistently and clearly expressed doubt as to whether a sitting president can be investigated or indicted for criminal wrongdoing."

They are referring to an article Kavanaugh wrote in 2009 that said presidents "should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office" suggesting that presidents should not have to deal with criminal investigations or interviews with prosecutors while in office.

There is no indication that Republicans have any intention of moving the hearing.

One last thing…
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