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
© Greg Nash

Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security Zuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' MORE (D-Wash.) on Sunday said she is “anxious” to hear if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' 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) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 CollinsTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote 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 McConnellToomey on gun reform: 'Beto O'Rourke is not helping' Election meddling has become the new normal of US diplomacy DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support MORE (R-Ky.) said the Senate will vote on the nominee this fall.