Call Of The Day: Suspend Kavanaugh Hearings in Wake of Cohen Guilty Plea

In a courtroom moment that will go down in history, Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to Donald Trump, pleaded guilty to 8 criminal counts including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.  During his confession Cohen admitted he made hush payments to former Trump mistresses "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," with the goal of influencing the outcome of the 2016 election, implicating Donald Trump as a criminal co-conspirator.

On September 4th, the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to begin hearing on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.  Given the nature and seriousness of Trump’s potential crime, it is clear the hearings should be delayed until more information is known about Trump’s criminal liability.  In a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, Kavanaugh argued a sitting president should not be distracted by lawsuits, criminal investigations, or even answer questions from a prosecutor.  If confirmed to the Supreme Court there is a high likelihood he would need to decide this exact question -- if Trump is subpoenaed by Mueller to testify but refuses, would the Supreme Court compel him to do so?

Kavanaugh’s stance may allow Trump off the hook for the crime of attempting to affect the outcome of his own election, and more must be know before the Senate moves ahead with his nomination. Tell your Senator to suspend hearings on Kavanaugh until more is known.

Three calls to make:  The Senate Judiciary Committee and Senators Kennedy and Cassidy

Senate Judiciary Committee:  202-224-5225

SAMPLE SCRIPT:  Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm a constituent from New Orleans, Louisiana.

I'm calling to demand that the committee suspend the upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until more is known about Trump’s criminal liability.  The public deserves a legitimate Supreme Court, and we deserve to know more before proceeding with a vote on Kavanaugh.

Senator Bill Cassidy:  DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office:  504-838-0130; Monroe:  318-324-2111; Lake Charles:  337-493-5398; Alexandria:  318-448-7176
 
Senator John Kennedy:  DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans:  504-581-6190; Lafayette:  (337) 269-5980; Monroe:  (318) 361-1489; Alexandria:  (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge:  (225) 926-8033; Shreveport:  (318) 670-5192

SAMPLE SCRIPT:  Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active constituent from New Orleans, Louisiana., ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever your from].  I'm calling to urge the Senator to call on his/her colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to suspend the upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until more is known about Trump’s criminal liability.  The public deserves a legitimate Supreme Court, and we deserve to know more before proceeding with a vote on Kavanaugh.

This call is adapted from 5Calls.org, which can be viewed here.