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 HarrisJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 GorsuchThe five biggest cases awaiting Supreme Court decisions Supreme Court hands win to religious schools Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughKavanaugh rejects Illinois GOP request to block rule banning large gatherings McGrath fends off Booker to win Kentucky Senate primary Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades 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 BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham 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.