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Kurtz: Why the Democrats in a revolt that crazy Hill session
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the chaos on the Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and why is it presented to Congress at its worst.
It would be tempting to call the Brett Kavanaugh to hear a circus, but that would be unfair to clowns and jugglers.
The thing is completely out of control from the first moments of yesterday, a combination of Democrats in all-out-resistance-mode and screaming protesters, for some reason, the Capitol police took forever to remove.
And the confirmation hearing began on a day when President Trump drew flak for an extraordinary tweet the questions to the non-partisan mission of the justice Department.
The backdrop for the Senate hearing is that everyone knows that the Republicans have the votes to Kavanaugh on the Supreme court, because the filibuster was abolished. And the Democrats are still angry about the mistreatment of Merrick Garland in the year 2016.
So the Democrats, in the minority, are really only able to Play two things: to your base to slow down in aggressive opposition to the nomination, and maybe the show. You have the power to do anything else.
So it was that Kamala Harris, with a view to 2020, immediately demanded that Chairman Chuck Grassley, the judiciary Committee hearing. Your argument, by your Democratic colleagues, is that they would just get 42 ‘ 000 pages of documents the night before, and there were countless other Kavanaugh papers that the White house was the restraint on the grounds of executive privilege.
Democrats Richard Blumenthal called the meeting a “Farce” and a “mockery.”
But Grassley, the said patient, the Dems allowed to air their objections, the system control more material, as in the case of other high court nominee in history, had received. Republican John Cornyn told the hearing, interrupted by screaming spectators, had degenerated into “mob rule.”
A reality that undercuts the document-requirements that all of the Committee Democrats have already announced plans to Kavanaugh your opposition. So, what is the validity of your request, it judges not to change your mind about the fact that the court of appeal.
In the end, it was the worst of Congress was on display. A whole day of the litigation, and then the endless bombast as senators devoted their opening speeches, some of the slamming of the candidate or ask him questions, while Kavauaugh had to sit there, to respond stone-faced, unable to. Only after prolonged hours, this split-screen speechifying Kavanaugh has got to deliver the speech of his opening. It is a high-profile show of talk was to listen.
Meanwhile, the man who is Brett Kavanaugh, nominated tweeted the following:
“Two of the long-run, Obama-era, studies of two very popular Republican Congressman, a well-publicized charge, just before the Mid-Terms, the of the Jeff Sessions Ministry of justice. Two wins easily now in doubt, because there is not enough time. Good Work Jeff.”
This is nothing less than remarkable. One of these legislators, Chris Collins, faces well-documented charges of insider trading (and the case not only began under Obama). The other, Duncan Hunter, was accused, abused, together with his wife, $250,000 in campaign funds on lavish personal expenses.
So what the President will say? The meetings should have delayed the fees until after to help the mid-term elections, the GOP? That the DOJ should not have brought charges at all, since the members of the house, the Republicans are?
If Trump taunts his attorney General on the Russia-probe, I get the larger strategy which is attempting to discredit the investigation.
To send as a former justice Department reporter, has seen the career prosecutors actions against the democratic and Republican politicians in every administration, I don’t understand, in this case, what is the message the President is trying.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.