Senate GOP: Cohen plea won't delay Kavanaugh hearing

Senate GOP: Cohen plea won't delay Kavanaugh hearing
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Senate Republicans are quickly shooting down a Democratic demand to delay Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing in the wake of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's guilty plea.

"Calls to delay the hearing are just the latest tactic from opponents who decided to vote 'no' weeks ago, frantically looking for anything that sticks. The hearing will begin as planned on September 4," said George Hartman, a spokesman for Sen ate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock MORE (R-Iowa).

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He added that Justice Stephen Breyer's conformation "occurred when President Clinton’s records had been subpoenaed by a grand jury. Obviously, we are nowhere close to that situation today."

GOP senators both on and off the Judiciary Committee have also brushed off calls for the hearing to be delayed past early next month.

"I don't see a basis for delaying them," said Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds MORE (R-Maine), who is widely viewed as a potential swing vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-S.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, added that he would "strongly oppose" any delay of Kavanaugh's hearing.

“Senator Schumer may believe that the Michael Cohen and Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDemocratic impeachment investigators looking at whether Trump misled Mueller Gates sentencing set for next month Yovanovitch says John Solomon's columns were used to push false allegations MORE cases invalidate the election — I do not," he said, referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE's former campaign chairman, who was convicted on eight counts of tax and bank fraud the same day Cohen pleaded guilty.

Democrats immediately seized on recent developments in the federal cases of the two men to try to delay Kavanaugh's conformation.

Cohen in his guilty plea on Tuesday referred to the president as an unnamed co-conspirator.

"It's a game changer. It should be. ... In my view, the Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately pause the consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year MORE (D-N.Y.) said from the Senate floor, while acknowledging the decision essentially rests with Republicans. 

Democrats have raised concerns that Kavanaugh has a broad view on executive authority and would try to protect Trump from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's investigation.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer and an opinion contributor for The Hill, has said that Cohen's decision implicates the president in wrongdoing.

"Very clearly, there is no dispute that Donald Trump committed a crime," he told MSNBC's Morning Joe. "No dispute, because his own lawyers said to the special counsel in a letter that he directed, that's the word they used, Michael Cohen to make these payments."

The White House maintains that Trump did nothing wrong.