Senate

The Booker Doctrine (& proviso)

Featured image Among notable doctrines in American history we must count the Monroe Doctrine, the Freeport Doctrine, the Truman Doctrine, the Carter Doctrine, and the Reagan Doctrine. Most of these are presidential foreign-policy doctrines, but not all of them. The Freeport Doctrine is attributable to Senator Stephen Douglas. To these I would add the Booker Doctrine. The Booker Doctrine is implicit in his disgusting interrogation of Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao when »

Mystery solved, Schiff & CNN hardest hit

Featured image We’ve written frequently about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting of Donald Trump, Jr. and campaign officials with the connected Russian lawyer Natalia V. Anyone who bothered to read the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony and absorb its contents would have been left with deep suspicions about the meeting. The Russian lawyer met with Simpson before and after the meeting for some reason or other. Lee Smith put the pieces »

Trump renominates 51 judges

Featured image Today, President Trump renominated 51 candidates for the federal judiciary. The list of nominees is here. Trump had to renominate these candidates because they had not been confirmed when the last Session of Congress ended. We can thank Jeff Flake and the Senate Democrats for this. Most the 51 nominees are for district court judgeships. Perhaps the most noteworthy of these is Brian Buescher of Nebraska. He’s the one Sens. »

It’s time for the Senate GOP to go nuclear

Featured image A combination of Democratic obstructionism and Jeff Flake flakiness has conspired to create a backlog of federal judicial nominees awaiting a vote in the Senate. Flake, it will be recalled, decided to bottle up all judicial nominees in committee towards the end of 2018 because Majority Leader McConnell wouldn’t allow a vote on legislation to “protect” Robert Mueller. Mueller needs no protection. He’s not going to be fired, as the »

Whitehouse walks down memory lane

Featured image Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held its second confirmation hearing on the nomination of William Barr to serve as Attorney General. The hearing took the form of a panel of nine character witnesses making statements and fielding questions from the members of the committee. C-SPAN has posted video of the entire three-and-a-half hour hearing here. Former federal judge and Attorney General Michael Mukasey appeared to testify as a character witness. »

Chai Feldblum is finally out at the EEOC

Featured image The beginning of the new year brought an end to Chai Feldblum’s long tenure as EEOC commissioner. Last month, her supporters made a last ditch attempt to have her confirmed for another term. However, Sen. Mike Lee, who fought against her confirmation throughout 2018, wouldn’t budge. With Lee holding firm, Majority Leader McConnell did not allow a vote — one Feldblum almost certainly would have won. Had Lee been the »

Ernst, Blackburn, and Hawley join Senate Judiciary Committee

Featured image The Senate Judiciary Committee will have three new Republican members this Congress. The three are Joni Ernst (Iowa), Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), and Josh Hawley (Missouri). Sen. Hawley is a fantastic addition. He has served as Missouri’s Attorney General. He also clerked for Chief Justice Roberts (and before that, our friend Michael McConnell). It’s difficult to imagine better credentials for serving on the Judiciary Committee. In addition, Hawley is a strong »

Hearing on Barr nomination set

Featured image The Senate Judiciary Committee has set January 15 and 16 as the dates for the confirmation hearing of William Barr, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Attorney General. The Committee now consists of 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris remain on the Committee, so there will be no shortage of showmanship and viciousness. Lindsey Graham now chairs the committee, so there will be some comedy mixed »

Jailbreak: The head count

Featured image Late last night, the Senate passed First Step, the leniency legislation that will free many thousands of felons from federal prison and shorten the sentences of many thousands of future felons. The vote was 87-12. Here are the 12 courageous Republicans who resisted pressure from the Trump administration and from big-money interest groups like the Koch Brothers, and voted to protect the public from the hardened criminals who populate federal »

Senator Martha McSallly

Featured image It looks like Arizona will be represented in the Senate by both an aviator and a bloviator. The bloviator will be Kyrsten Sinema, the hippie-dippie elected by Arizona voters last month. The aviator will be Martha McSally a fighter pilot who lost to Sinema in the election. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today named McSally to fill the seat Senator John Kyl will give up at the end of the year. »

Libs oppose Manchin becoming Energy Committee’s ranking member

Featured image Sen. Joe Manchin is the leading contender to become the senior Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Manchin, however, is pro-coal, as befits a Senator from West Virginia. And when Manchin ran for the Senate in 2010, a campaign ad featured him shooting a bullet through a piece of “climate change” legislation. The left wasn’t amused then, and it isn’t amused now. Tom Steyer has joined environmental »

Is it something he said? (3)

Featured image John Lavinksy is the senior counsel to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Following up on Richard Pollock’s Daily Caller report, I sought comment on the November 19 FBI raid conducted on whistleblower Dennis Nathan Cain. Mr. Lavinsky courteously returned my calls this afternoon and responded to my questions, as he did to Pollock’s, with no comment. He also apologized for not getting back to me on Friday, explaining »

FIRST STEP bitterly divides Senate Republicans

Featured image FIRST STEP, the leniency for federal felons legislation being supported by President Trump, may or may not pass the Senate this year. Either way, it has split the Republican caucus. This Washington Post report leaves no doubt about that. The division is encapsulated in dueling National Review articles — one by Sen. Tom Cotton opposing the jailbreak and the other by Sen. Mike Lee supporting it. In another NRO article, »

Kamala Harris might lose Judiciary Committee seat

Featured image Democrat losses in the 2018 election have placed Sen. Kamala Harris’ spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee in jeopardy. Absent some sort of fix, the Democrats will lose one slot on the Committee, and Harris, as the least senior Dem, will be the one to go. (“Spartacus” is next in line, but his slot is safe). Losing her seat would deny Harris, who almost certainly will run for president beginning »

Missing in Broward County

Featured image The manual recount that (I’m going out on a limb here) will confirm the victory of Florida Governor Rick Scott over incumbent nullity Bill Nelson continues, but there is a hold-up in Broward County: Broward County’s ballot recount hit yet another snag Saturday with 2,040 ballots lost or misplaced. The county’s eternally beleaguered Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said they either misplaced, misfiled or mixed in with another stack. One »

Flake vows to block all judicial nominations

Featured image Sen. Jeff Flake says he will not vote to confirm any judicial nominees unless the Senate holds a vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired. Majority Leader McConnell has said he won’t hold such a vote because it’s not necessary. He says there is no realistic prospect of Mueller being fired. Flake’s statement is significant because, unfortunately, he sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Without »

Waiting for the election (or something like the results)

Featured image As I write in the early morning hours of November 7, the Senate races in Arizona and Montana remain too close to call. Republican candidates Martha McSally and Matt Rosendale hold narrow leads over their Democratic opponents, hippie dippie left-wing flake (and phony moderate) Kyrsten Sinema and incumbent Jon Tester, respectively. In Arizona, “easily hundreds of thousands” have yet to be counted, according to a spokesman for the Arizona Secretary »