Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii says Democrats could keep the open seat in the Supreme Court vacant for the next two years if need be.
Hirono told Politico this might be the case if Kavanaugh’s nomination fall through and if Democrats take the Senate in November.
Hirono brought up the seat vacancy of slightly over a year that followed Antonin Scalia’s passing as a precedent for delaying confirmation of any possible nominee from President Trump.
Hirono said if Democrats had control of the Senate, they could hold off on confirmation until after the 2020 election.
“I think we’ve had those kinds of vacancies before, and we certainly had over a one-year vacancy with Merrick Garland,” Hirono told Politico Magazine. “So the world does not come to an end because we don’t fill all of the nominees.”
This comes in stark contrast to her vocal denunciation of Republicans in 2016 for not considering Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.
“It is unprecedented to announce unilaterally that no part of advice and consent will occur until after an election,” Hirono said.
“There is a law enacted nearly 150 years ago that says that the Supreme Court shall consist of nine justices, which also presumes that when a vacancy occurs, the President will nominate a replacement and the Senate will provide advice and consent,” she continued.
“In my view, this law is violated when Senate Republicans say that it’s okay to leave a vacancy unfilled for over a year.”
In line with Hirono’s current forecast, Kavanaugh’s hearing is being delayed in wake of an assault allegation against him by California professor Christine Blasey Ford. Ford claims Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teenagers in the 1980s.
Hirono believes the accusation. “These are serious allegations. She has a very credible story. I believe her,” Hirono said of Ford.
“And now we have to do more than say, ‘Well, look at the timing!’ and ‘Well, it’s all politically motivated!’”
“I don’t bang them over the head about some of the things that I do,” Hirono said, referring to her Democratic colleagues. “I figure they have to figure it out for themselves.”
Even if the Kavanaugh nomination falls through, it seems that Hirono is still planning to wait until after the 2020 election to cast her vote to help fill the seat.
Like other Democrats, she doesn’t seem to want to do her job as long as Trump is in office.
Instead of working with their Republican colleagues, Democrats would rather just wait it out until the next Democrat president. How productive.
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