Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would vote against Neil Gorsuch, not only at Monday’s committee meeting – where an 11-9 vote along party lines sent Mr Gorsuch’s nomination to the full Senate – but on Friday when that full Senate vote to confirm Mr Trump’s nominee for the country’s top court will take place.
Democrats have revealed they have 41 senators who will vote against the 49-year-old judge on Friday, enough to filibuster the nomination.
Republicans have said they will trigger the so-called “nuclear option”, a procedural issue not used in recent history, to allow them to confirm Mr Gorsuch with a simple majority, rather than the 60-40 margin traditionally required for such an appointment.
Mr Blumenthal justified his decision by explaining that Democrats were still angry over the way Republicans had refused to even schedule a hearing for Merrick Garland, a middle of the road judge nominated by Barack Obama for the court.
Yet, he said the ongoing probe by the FBI and two congressional committees into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and possible links between Moscow and Mr Trump’s campaign, was another factor.
“I am still angry about the…
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