Jones: Delay Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings

Citing the guilty plea of President Trump's personal lawyer, Alabama's junior senator Wednesday called for a pause on the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.   

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) said a delay would allow time for the "dust to settle,"  following the Michael Cohen plea deal.   Democrats believe Cohen's claim that he committed a campaign finance violation "at the direction of the candidate," could set the stage for a possible impeachment.   "The president is under a cloud," Jones told MSNBC.    "It is certainly undermining the presidency at this point; we need to see how this point, you can't ever determine where this will ever end up."   

Jones's stance was echoed by other Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).   But Republicans made it clear: there will be no delay.  White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the Democrats' call as  "desperate and pathetic."  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh will begin as scheduled next month.

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