Dem senator cancels Kavanaugh meeting amid calls for confirmation hearing to be postponed

Dem senator cancels Kavanaugh meeting amid calls for confirmation hearing to be postponed
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Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: Judiciary Committee doing 'railroad job' against Kavanaugh accuser Teen girls pen open letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser: We imagine you at that party and 'see ourselves' Senate Dem: It's 'bulls---' for Republicans to say they have done all they can to contact Kavanaugh accuser MORE (D-Hawaii) said Wednesday that she would cancel a meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, after Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, implicated the president in a hush money scheme.

"I am canceling, I will be canceling, my appointment with Judge Kavanaugh because I choose not to extend a courtesy to this president who is an un-indicted co-conspirator ... of meeting with his nominee," she told reporters.

Hirono also blasted Kavanaugh as "a nominee who is being nominated because the president expects him to protect [Trump]."

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), meanwhile, said that Cohen's implication of Trump in a plot to pay women accusing him of affairs constituted an effort to "influence the outcome of an election" and prevented any consideration of Kavanaugh.

"The President of the United States has been implicated in a criminal plot to violate campaign finance laws & influence the outcome of an election. Under no circumstances should we be considering his nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in just one week," he tweeted.

"Kavanaugh hearing must be immediately postponed so Judiciary Committee can continue vital investigation of Trump campaign criminality & obstruction of justice," he added.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) and Democratic Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPoll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle Booker: It would be ‘irresponsible’ not to consider running for president MORE (N.J.), Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Defense: Details on defense spending bill | NATO chief dismisses talk of renaming HQ for McCain | North Korea warns US over cyber allegations Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law Trump authorizes sanctions against foreign governments that interfere in US elections MORE (Md.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk he may be leaving | Polish president floats 'Fort Trump' | Dem bill would ban low-yield nukes Dems introduce bill to ban low-yield nukes Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report MORE (Mass.) made similar calls for a delay in Kavanaugh's nomination.

Booker told reporters that Kavanaugh's nomination should be put on hold until the special counsel's investigation concludes, adding that the Senate Judiciary Committee should instead focus on "the matter of the president being credibly implicated, or alleged to be a criminal coconspirator" in campaign finance law violations.

"What I want right now is for us to, when it comes to Kavanaugh, to wait until this Mueller probe is done before we move forward," the New Jersey Democrat said.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Tuesday to bank and tax fraud charges, telling the judge that a "candidate" had directed him personally to make two payments to either keep someone quiet or buy the rights of their story.

The comments align with Cohen's payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and his payment to secure the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's account of an alleged affair with Trump.

The payments are now being investigated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's office as to whether they constituted an unreported campaign contribution to the Trump campaign.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the court in July upon the announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

Jordain Carney contributed to this report.