[VIDEO] Sen. Coons: Kavanaugh has “deep commitment to a view of the president that in our current context is profoundly dangerous”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The video of Senator Coons’ full questioning is available here: https://youtu.be/ET-nvc0FBPQ
“I’ve dug into your writings, your opinions, your speeches, and concluded that you hold a view of the Executive Branch…which is that there has to be in the president, as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States…the ability to fire at will any special prosecutor,” said Senator Coons.
“You’ve said repeatedly that you support the traditional practice of appointing special counsels. But, you haven’t acknowledged you’ve supported this practice because the president has retained the power to fire the special counsel at will,” said Senator Coons.
“And, those of us who have tried to enact statutes that might restrain the president in some way, by putting in place for-cause removal restrictions have had thrown back at us the dissent from Morrison v. Olson, a dissent which you embrace and cite, and a dissent which I think reveals a deep commitment to a view of the president that in our current context is profoundly dangerous.” ### https://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/video-sen-coons-kavanaugh-has-deep-commitment-to-a-view-of-the-president-that-in-our-current-context-is-profoundly-dangerous