Blumenthal: Next Supreme Court Justice "Will Be Swing Vote" To Decide Roe v. Wade, Obamacare, Gay Marriage, Emoluments, If Trump Can Pardon Self

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On Sunday's edition of 'This Week' on ABC, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal described how important the vacant seat on the Supreme Court will be in the coming years.

"We’re in an extraordinary time. This next nominee will be the swing vote to overturn Roe v. Wade," he listed. "To eviscerate the protections for millions of Americans who suffer from preexisting conditions and other healthcare rights along with workers rights, gay rights, voting rights... This next justice will sit on the issue of whether or not the president can pardon himself or others."

He also said that worry about the president pardoning himself was "not a red herring."





"The next justice on this Supreme Court will probably be the swing vote in deciding whether he has to comply with a subpoena along with whether or not he has to stop defying the chief anti-corruption provision of the constitution that forbids him from taking payments without coming to Congress."

On Thursday, former RNC chairman and MSNBC contributor Michael Steele said that the next Supreme Court vacancy will be the "real battle," not this one.

SEN. RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D), CONNECTICUT: There is no question, George. We’re in an extraordinary time. This next nominee will be the swing vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. And equally important, to eviscerate the protections for millions of Americans who suffer from preexisting conditions and other healthcare rights along with workers rights, gay rights, voting rights.

The American people will understand what’s at stake here. And by the way, you’ve just heard extraordinarily powerful reasons why the next justice appointed by this president ought to recuse her or himself. Rudy Giuliani raising the possibility of a pardon. This next justice will sit on the issue of whether or not the president can pardon himself or others --

STEPHANOPOULOS: Leonard Leo called that a red herring.

BLUMENTHAL: Well, it’s far from a red herring when Rudy Giuliani is saying he will not be interviewed -- the president will refuse to talk to Robert Mueller or his team unless he is given evidence of a crime. That is a preposterous position.

And the next justice on this Supreme Court will probably be the swing vote in deciding whether he has to comply with a subpoena along with whether or not he has to stop defying the chief anti-corruption provision of the constitution that forbids him from taking payments without coming to Congress.

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