Sen. Jeff Flake plans to hold up President Trump’s judicial nominees until the Senate takes up a bill protecting Robert Mueller. The outgoing Arizona senator announced his new ultimatum on the Senate floor minutes after his attempt to pass the bill failed. The threat could block the Senate Judiciary Committee from approving any more judges this year. Flake and Democrat Sen. Chris Coons had worked together on the bill that would require good cause in order for Trump to fire Mueller, the special counsel running the Russia investigation.
MEANWHILE—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flat-out rejected Sen. Jeff Flake’s bill protecting Robert Mueller. While McConnell said he thinks the investigation should be allowed to be finished, he also said, “I don’t think any legislation’s necessary.”
Democrats rushed on Sunday to use the previous day’s synagogue massacre to push a narrative of gun control. In probably the least surprising turn of events since the sun rose this morning, Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted that President Trump “is complicit” because of his “inaction” with regard to gun violence. Sen. Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, called for “universal background checks,” and Florida Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson slammed “opponents of common sense gun safety.” Delaware Dem Sen. Chris Coons and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez also got the memo, calling for “reasonable gun safety” to stop “senseless deaths from gun violence.” That’s all despite no one having a clue yet how gunman Robert Bowers acquired his weapons. Trump on Saturday said an armed guard could’ve prevented the slaughter.
—“This would be a case for, if there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him. Maybe there would’ve been nobody killed except for [the gunman]… [but] this is a world with a lot of problems and it has been for many, many years.” -Trump
Dems are divided on whether to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Despite absolutely zero evidence to justify so much as a wag of the finger, some lefties are insisting that should they retake congress next month, Kavanaugh should be brought up on charges. Hair on fire leftist, some elected, think that would be a great way to win over a battle-weary American middle. But others, like Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, say not so fast—it’s the wrong message to send a month before an election. And Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed him, saying every Democrat running in a swing district should have to answer whether they’d support impeachment.
—QUOTABLE: “I think that’s premature…I think frankly we are just less than a month away from an election. Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate.” -Coons on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
—QUOTABLE: “I hope everyone running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question, ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated?’”
After a morning of posturing and speechifying, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee finally voted on advancing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to the full body. The early afternoon vote followed maneuvering by Republican Jeff Flake and his Democrat buddy Chris Coons. Flake agreed to vote yes provided the Senate called for a week-long investigation of the harassment allegations leveled against Kavanaugh.
MEANWHILE – President Trump deferred to the Senate on an investigation, but it was revealed over the weekend that the FBI was directed to carefully limit the scope of the investigation, and not include any other women who might come forward against Kavanaugh.