UPDATE: Al Franken has announced that he will resign from the Senate in the next several weeks. Big League Politics first broke the Al Franken scandal on our Twitter account:
Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday that Sen. Alan S. “Al” Franken (D.-Minn.) intends to resign in the wake of six women accusing him of inappropriate behavior.
The official spoke to Franken and separately to Franken’s staff. A staff member told the official that Franken had gone to his Washington home to discuss his plans with family.
MPR News agreed to withhold the official’s name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.
The senator’s official Twitter feed Tweeted out a rebuttal.
— U.S. Senator Al Franken (@SenFranken) December 6, 2017
Has a single elected Republican even tried to offer a reason why Franken should resign and Trump shouldn’t? https://t.co/NUXpvzF7YU
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 6, 2017
Wow, that Joe Biden groping picture was the worst…
Al Franken: Hold my beer. pic.twitter.com/GzQnazz649
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 16, 2017
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 6, 2017
BREAKING: Mitch McConnell Pledges to Bring Up Confirmation of New SCOTUS Justice for a Senate Vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pledging to bring up a tentative Supreme Court nominee for confirmation before the November election.
Wow: looks like Mitch McConnell is willing to go for confirming a new Supreme Court Justice. pic.twitter.com/b1OYlehPc8
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 19, 2020
“President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
McConnell dispelled notions that the situation was similar to the 2016 blocked nomination of Merrick Garland, citing the Republican Majority in the Senate at the time. The President’s party controls the Senate this time around, and it increased its electoral majority in the 2018 election.
Liberally-inclined Republican Senators such as Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins could prove integral to confirming a SCOTUS nominee. The latter two have already stated that they wouldn’t vote to confirm a new justice during a presidential election season, even if the President’s party controlled the Senate.
Chuck Schumer is already pledging to block a new SCOTUS confirmation “until we have a new President,” suggesting he’s seeking to block Trump from even making a new SCOTUS appointment during his potential second term.
This Supreme Court battle could be one for the ages.
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