After Tuesday's eight-count guilty verdict against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and revelations made during the plea deal of one-time fixer and personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, many asked the same question of their elected officials in the United States Senate: what about Brett Kavanaugh?
Two Senate Republicans of conscience should ask for a hold on Kavanaugh’s confirmation given the very dark cloud ov… https://t.co/GyVfbmylLl— Andy Slavitt (@Andy Slavitt) 1534898880.0
Brett Kavanaugh is Trump's pick to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated in July by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Several Senators have held private meetings with Kavanaugh, which is common for Senators prior to confirmation hearings, but on Wednesday, in light of Cohen's assertion that he broke the law at the behest of Donald Trump, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) made it clear that those revelations were a bridge too far and that she had canceled her meeting with Trump's nominee.
"I have cancelled my meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. [President Donald Trump], who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal matter, does not deserve the courtesy of a meeting with his nominee—purposely selected to protect, as we say in Hawaii, his own okole."
I have cancelled my meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. @realDonaldTrump, who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a crimin… https://t.co/YP3eEM3yeq— Senator Mazie Hirono (@Senator Mazie Hirono) 1534952231.0
And people on Twitter expressed their support:
@maziehirono @realDonaldTrump Mazie Hirono might be the most underrated politician in America today. She kicks ass… https://t.co/uLw0dfGZmN— Adam Best (@Adam Best) 1534957366.0
@maziehirono @HealingCombat @realDonaldTrump Thank you Senator for doing the right thing!— Fiercemama (@Fiercemama) 1534952885.0
@maziehirono @magick12000 @realDonaldTrump Well said. The entire Congress should feel the same way. America deserves it.— Steve Collins (@Steve Collins) 1534952859.0
But Hirono wasn't the only one. Senator Markey of Massachusetts echoed Hirono's sentiment with his own tweet:
I will not take a meeting with Brett Kavanaugh. He has been nominated by someone implicated, and all but named as a… https://t.co/RjV0WD69hd— Ed Markey (@Ed Markey) 1534954562.0
Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Richard Blumenthal urged the Senate to end consideration of Kavanaugh's nomination in the wake of yesterday's revelations:
Trump's personal lawyer has sworn under oath that POTUS directed him to commit a federal crime. The Senate must re… https://t.co/ONRlG2Se6B— Cory Booker (@Cory Booker) 1534958301.0
Americans don't want a president who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a crime to have the power to appoint someon… https://t.co/FuubqD72Vp— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris) 1534956587.0
The President of the United States has been implicated in a criminal plot to violate campaign finance laws & influe… https://t.co/LBMK9Yi991— Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal) 1534947302.0
And Senator Shaheen called for a delay of confirmation hearings:
In light of yesterday’s events, the Senate should delay hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Th… https://t.co/UxgawZdppo— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@Sen. Jeanne Shaheen) 1534955853.0
People had their backs:
@maziehirono @realDonaldTrump You get it. Time for all @SenateDems to get on the Mazie Train. Fight for us!!!!!! Go… https://t.co/cXePURH757— HRCSuperVol1 (@HRCSuperVol1) 1534957023.0
@SenMarkey @nasty_woman2 Thank you Sir, we’re counting on all of you to do what’s right and this is the right thing to do. Bravo👏👏🇺🇸👏👏— ♠️⚜️Miss Führerious⚜️♥️ (@♠️⚜️Miss Führerious⚜️♥️) 1534956371.0
@CoryBooker Absolutely! Thank you @SenBooker for your unwavering opposition to this terrible Supreme Court pick!— Susan M. Blubaugh (@Susan M. Blubaugh) 1534958537.0
And urged others to do the same:
@SenMarkey @TLuke06 I request @SenDonnelly to do the same!!!— Meg is Resisting (@Meg is Resisting) 1534957722.0
@CoryBooker Every single Democratic Senator should refuse to step onto the floor to prevent a quorum and grind the… https://t.co/fWg2dDkAfY— City Mean Ol' World (@City Mean Ol' World) 1534959618.0
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine's announcement tacitly endorsing Kavanaugh found few willing to defend her in any way.
@indianarosemary @SenatorCollins Anyone else think that Susan Collins has fallen for quite a few of those get rich… https://t.co/hVUHkGwBYs— Ian (@Ian) 1534883298.0
@indianarosemary @SenatorCollins She’s been kowtowed by Trump and his accomplices. She’ll be goose stepping in no time.— Ian (@Ian) 1534883565.0
Some even used Hirono's post to call out Collins.
@maziehirono @johnpavlovitz @realDonaldTrump @SenatorCollins Vote no to confirmation of Kavanaugh like Senator Hirono is doing!— Fierce Woman, Daughter of Immigrants 🌊🌊 (@Fierce Woman, Daughter of Immigrants 🌊🌊) 1534954100.0
Collins as yet has not followed up with another official announcement regarding her support of Kavanaugh. It also remains to be seen if any Republican Senators will follow Hirono's lead.