Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley canceled imminent votes for President Trump’s latest judicial nominees.
Insiders expected the committee to advance six of the president’s nominees to Circuit Courts and 15 to District Courts. (The Daily Caller)
The cancellation is occurring as outgoing Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake pledged to oppose all judicial nominations until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell schedules a vote on Flake’s bill protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, however, has not explicitly said if the cancellation is due to Flake’s resistance.
Flake and Democratic Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, the bill’s co-sponsor, tried to pass the legislation by unanimous consent earlier in the day, but it was blocked by Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Lee argued the bill would “fundamentally [undermine] the principle of separation of power.”
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