Dem senator 'anxious to hear' if Supreme Court pick thinks Trump can pardon himself

Dem senator 'anxious to hear' if Supreme Court pick thinks Trump can pardon himself
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Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Trump nominee for Consumer Product Safety Commission involved in CDC guidance shelving: AP Senate votes to reauthorize intel programs with added legal protections MORE (D-Wash.) on Sunday said she is “anxious” to hear if President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE’s Supreme Court nominee thinks the president can pardon himself.

“I’m so anxious to hear whatever this nominee has to say,” Cantwell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press." “Is the president able to pardon himself?”

Cantwell said she was concerned about whether a potential nominee would "fight to protect" special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE in his investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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“I want to know what he thinks of the Mueller, the process of how far the Mueller investigation needs to go,” Cantwell said of the future justice. “Will they fight to protect that?”

“These are monumental questions,” Cantwell added. “This is a person who wants 40 years on the court, or probably 40 years. I want at least 40 minutes to hear what they have to say about these important issues,” she said.

Cantwell's comments come days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, leaving room for Trump to nominate a second conservative to the bench.

Trump said he will nominate someone from a list of 25 nominees he released in November, but Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (R-Maine) said on Sunday that Trump has added five judges to that list.

Kennedy's replacement will shape the court’s future, likely tilting the scale to the right for the foreseeable future.

Trump said he will name his pick on July 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFor city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now US ill-prepared for coronavirus-fueled mental health crisis Schumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe MORE (R-Ky.) said the Senate will vote on the nominee this fall.