Thoughts on Kavanaugh hearings.

This is the text of a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News that was printed today, September 16, in the “Points” supplement.

To recap: Mr. Trump is elected to the presidency despite losing the popular vote and possibly with help from a hostile foreign power. Several of his associates plead guilty to a variety of crimes.

In that miasmal atmosphere, Mr. Trump ignores the list of potential Supreme Court picks forwarded by the Federalist Society and selects Judge Kavanaugh, whose main distinction from his peers is his expansive view of presidential powers. Senate Republicans, who refused to meet with Obama’s nominee for a year, vow to have Kavanaugh seated before the midterms.

One of the main functions of the Senate is to “advise and consent” in the ascent of Justices. Kavanaugh served in the Bush White House and has a long paper trail. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee delegate an unelected attorney for Trump associates to select what documents senators and We the People will be allowed to see.

During the hearings Kavanaugh, under oath, produces evasive answers and possibly lies about his involvement in enhanced interrogation decisions and spying on Democrats during the Bush Administration.

If you feel your democracy is being stolen from you, you just might be right.

 

Marie-Anne Schiffmann, Rockwall

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