Dean Heller, Republican Senator from Nevada, who is up for re-election this November, referred to the attempted rape allegation made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “hiccup”:
“I’m really grateful for the White House, for the effort of President Trump and what he has done, and the excitement that we have,” Heller said on the call, according to a report in The Nevada Independent. “We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we’ll get through this and we’ll get off to the races.”
This is in line with several other recent comments by GOP Senators and the President himself:
GOP Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn has referred to the accusation as a “smear”, GOP Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said “I’d hate to have somebody ask me what I did 35 years ago” (Chuck Grassley is 85 years old), and Donald Trump said “I feel so badly that he’s going through this” about Brett Kavanaugh, with no simultaneous sympathy for the alleged victim.
Now, Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in North Dakota, decided to give his own take on a radio show:
“This case is even more absurd because these people were teenagers when this supposed, alleged incident took place. Teenagers. Not a boss, supervisor-subordinate situation as the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill situation was claimed to be,” he said during an appearance on KNOX. “These are teenagers who evidently were drunk according to her own, her own statements. They were drunk when it evidently happened… even by her own accusation. Again, it was supposedly an attempt or something that never went anywhere. So you just have to wonder.”
Now, it turns out, there are other “hiccups” that the GOP was aware of last week, which didn’t preclude their attempts to try to speed up the process of “investigating” the allegations so that a vote could be made on Kavanaugh’s confirmation as soon as possible.
A second woman says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh violated her sexually, according to a new report by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, alleges that Kavanaugh “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away” while they were both drinking at a dorm room party at Yale University.
Worse, Farrow and Mayer’s report suggests that Senate Republicans tried to speed up Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote upon learning of this second accuser. “Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week,” according to the report. “Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.”
What is so special about him?
The first option for covering up the Mueller investigation’s findings would be to fire Robert Mueller. How do you fire Robert Mueller? Well, first you fire Rod Rosenstein, which is likely why the recent story about Rosenstein just came out, as a pretext for him to be fired. Then, Trump would argue that he has the right to fire Mueller.
If he does not name a replacement for Rod Rosenstein, oversight of the Mueller investigation would go to the solicitor general, Noel Francisco, who, while not making known if he would fire Robert Mueller himself, has argued in the past that the President can fire anyone in his administration and may use that argument to deem it is within Trump’s right to fire Robert Mueller.
If Trump goes down this path, it could end up going to the Supreme Court, because legal justification for Trump to follow this course of action lacks precedent. If it goes to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh could end up being the deciding vote. Guess what Brett Kavanaugh thinks about the President firing a special counsel:
In a 1998 article in the Georgetown Law Journal, Kavanaugh wrote that Congress should give the president the ability to fire special counsels, an opinion that Democrats have highlighted in the hours since he was nominated Monday evening.
This argument of Brett Kavanaugh’s has been written about many times with regards to how he could protect Trump from the Mueller investigation. But, it could be more than just Trump who Kavanaugh could end up protecting. It could be Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and other GOP Senators who he could end up protecting.