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Harris says Trump should be in 'timeout' from appointing a Supreme Court justice

Harris says Trump should be in 'timeout' from appointing a Supreme Court justice
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMedia complicity in rise of the 'zombie president' conspiracy Trump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE should be in "timeout" from appointing Supreme Court nominees while under impeachment proceedings.

Harris was asked on the "Iowa Starting Line Podcast" whether she thought a president undergoing impeachment inquiries be permitted to nominate Supreme Court justices.

"That's a great question," she responded. "I think he should be put on a timeout across the board."

Trump has garnered strong support from conservatives through his judicial nominations, with the GOP-controlled Senate confirming the vast majority of his nominees.

The Republican Senate has also confirmed Trump's two Supreme Court nominees, Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchTop GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat Trump-era grievances could get second life at Supreme Court Supreme Court sides with Google in copyright fight against Oracle MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughBiden's court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court's conservatives Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' MORE. The high court began its new session on Monday.

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Harris also told the podcast that Congress needs to "do everything possible" to protect whistleblowers from the president.

"He is clearly committing crimes in plain view," she said. "He has engaged in suppression of evidence. He has intimidated witnesses. He is creating fear."

An impeachment inquiry began after it was revealed that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal Obama, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley team up to urge communities of color to get coronavirus vaccine Biden to hold second meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE, Trump's potential 2020 opponent.

The phone conversation between the leaders came to light after a whistleblower report was filed in the intelligence community.