Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shaw wouldn't deny that Trump cut a deal with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire by allowing him to pick his replacement.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told Rachel Maddow that constitutional questions about Trump being indicted would be fair game if Senate Republicans hold Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearings.
On Wednesday U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he is retiring effective July 31. Concerning the implications of Kennedy’s retirement, we wrote yesterday:
“Kennedy’s retirement effective essentially immediately means that the dysfunctional president and dysfunctional Republican-led Senate have to hustle to get a Supreme Court justice confirmed before the next term begins in October. Kennedy was a Reagan appointee, so his replacement won’t change the makeup of the court, but it will cement a 5-4 conservative majority for the foreseeable future.”
Perhaps a better name for it would be simply, "The United States Constitution." It's the one they've all sworn to uphold, after all.
President Obama is winning the Supreme Court fight as he is outsmarting Republicans at every turn and forcing them to choose between his confirming nominee or losing their own jobs.