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“Imperial,” “Absolute Condition”: How Blumenthal is Playing the SCOTUS Fight

July 24, 2018 By Staff
“Imperial,” “Absolute Condition”: How Blumenthal is Playing the SCOTUS Fight

The senior senator from Connecticut, a member of the Judiciary Committee that will hold Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, has been one of the top anti-Kavanaugh voices this month.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is a fierce opponent of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court, and he wants you to know it.

“He has a view of presidential powers that is not only imperial, it is essentially out of the mainstream,” Blumenthal said Monday, according to The New York Times. “Brett Kavanaugh is an outlier when it comes to this view of an imperial presidency.”

And Blumenthal told reporters in a conference call that Kavanaugh turning over reams of documents from his time in the Bush administration is an “absolute condition” before Blumenthal meets with him., according to the AP.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that before he’ll meet with Kavanaugh, Republican leadership needs to agree to make available documents from his work in President George W. Bush’s administration, his writings and draft writings, and “everything that is conceivably relevant to his professional work prior to the bench.”

“It’s a threshold, absolute condition,” Blumenthal told reporters in a conference call.

It wasn’t long ago that Blumenthal called meeting with a Supreme Court nominee picked by an opposing-party president a “[c]ourageous” thing to do. Of course, it was for President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

Blumenthal was ready to tell senators to #DoYourJob when it came to Garland. It appears that when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh, Blumenthal believes doing his job is opposing the nominee before meeting with him, and setting “absolute” conditions for even a courtesy meeting.