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 Devi HarrisOutsider candidates outpoll insider candidates Poll: Buttigieg leads Democratic field in Iowa Press: Another billionaire need not apply MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 GorsuchMcConnell protege emerges as Kentucky's next rising star Divided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Loaded poll questions harm civil discourse MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDivided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Hirono memoir due in 2021 The Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony 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 BidenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report Giuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry 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.