Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Tuesday, saying Brett Kavanaugh’s previous comments about “shielding” a sitting President from a criminal investigation disqualifies him from serving.
Schumer was speaking with MSNBC when he was asked to comment on Kavanaugh’s earlier writings that stated putting a sitting President on trial would likely “cripple the federal government.”
“He has said the president shouldn’t be investigated,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said of Kavanaugh on MSNBC. “How is he going to react if [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller needs a subpoena, if Mueller needs some other action?”
Kavanaugh’s initial comments appeared in a 2009 article in the Minnesota Law Review, stating “Congress might consider a law exempting a President—while in office—from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel.”
“The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas,” he added.
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