The New York Times reported Monday morning that, Paul J. Manafort Jr., the one-time campaign chairman of President Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, was ordered to turn himself into federal custody in relation to the first charges to emerge from the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Along with Manafort, the Mueller also ordered Manafort protege Rick Gates was also ordered to turn himself in.
Mueller was appointed a special counsel May 17 by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein with the mandate to investigate any links between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.
Rosenstein was acting in place of Attorney General Jeff B. Sessions, who recused himself from any investigation of ties between the president’s campaign and Russia.
The deputy attorney general also charged Mueller with prosecuting any matters that arise from his investigation.
President Donald Trump Pledges to Nominate A Woman as Next Supreme Court Justice
It’s going to be a woman.
President Trump revealed that he plans to nominate a woman as his next Supreme Court nominee during a rally on Saturday in North Carolina. The nominee, if confirmed, would replace longtime progressive judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who passed away on Friday.
Reports indicate that President Trump plans to announce the identity of a SCOTUS nominee on either Monday or Tuesday. He suggested as such during his North Carolina rally, confirming that the nominee would be a woman. The crowd could be heard chanting “fill that seat,” indicative of the strong desire among conservatives for President Trump to exercise his constitutional duties and advance a nominee.
TRUMP: "I will be putting forth the nominee next week.
It will be a woman!"
A modern day Deborah! pic.twitter.com/qMtIjYKyDW
— Praying Actress (@PrayingActress) September 19, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are considered to be strong candidates to fill the nomination, with the former almost being picked in 2018 to fill the vacancy ultimately filled by Brett Kavanaugh. Barrett is reportedly considered a front-runner in the selection process.
President Trump also cited the constitutional basis for nominating a Supreme Court justice, pointing out that Article 2 of the Constitution placed the imperative upon him as President to do as such. Republicans control both the White House and the Senate, a crucial difference from the divided government of 2016 when President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland was blocked by the Senate.
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) September 19, 2020
Democrats are guaranteed to fight furiously to block the confirmation of any Supreme Court nominee advanced by President Trump, with Chuck Schumer himself saying that he wouldn’t accept the possibility of any new justices while Trump is in office, even if it’s during his second term.
Tentative confirmation proceedings, which will occur in the midst of the Presidential election, have the chance to make Brett Kavanaugh’s wild confirmation process look like a gingerly walk in the park.
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