Dems renew questions about FBI background check of Kavanaugh
Senate Democrats are raising new concerns about the thoroughness of the FBI’s background investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after the FBI revealed that it had received thousands of tips and had provided “all relevant” ones to the White House counsel’s office.
Critics: Cuomo apology 'tone-deaf,' ignores power imbalance
FILE In this Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, D-Manhattan, speaks in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomos response to accusations that he sexually harassed women on the job is being viewed as a tone-deaf faux-pology by critics and victim's advocates. Cuomo said in a statement that he only meant to joke with staff to add levity to their serious work. Yuh-Line Niou calls sexual harassment at the statehouse rampant. __This story has been updated to correct the age of Yuh-Line Niou.
Trump chose Barrett days after Ginsburg's death, papers show
Barrett tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that the White House initially contacted her Sept. 19, the day after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, creating the court vacancy. Trump made the offer when she visited the White House on Monday, Sept. 21, “and I accepted,” she wrote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “even more convinced” of Barrett after their brief meeting. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold hearings Oct. 12. At the Capitol, Vice President Mike Pence said Barrett “represents the best of America.” The White House formally submitted the nomination Tuesday.
Democrats try to stick to health care in Supreme Court fight
The court will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law just after the election, adding to the urgency of the issue. Asked about Feinstein's earlier comments, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, another committee member, said “religious faith should not be at issue here.” He then pivoted to health care. On Monday, Harris told voters in North Carolina that without the health care law, birth control coverage could be eliminated and pregnancy could be considered a preexisting condition. In focusing on health care, Democrats would be taking a different posture than in the last Supreme Court confirmation fight, when they argued that then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh was not fit to be a justice. They will also tie the health care issue to the pandemic and to abortion rights, the aides said.
AP Explains: What's next for Trump's Supreme Court pick?
The Senate is ready to move quickly on a Supreme Court nominee. A confirmation vote so close to a presidential election would be unprecedented, creating significant political risk and uncertainty for both parties. Collins has said the next president should fill the court seat, and she will vote “no” on Trump’s nominee on principle. No matter what happens in this year’s election, Republicans are still expected to be in charge of the Senate during that period. DIDN’T MCCONNELL SAY IN 2016 THAT THE SENATE SHOULDN’T HOLD SUPREME COURT VOTES IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR?