Kavanaugh and chaos

9/6/2018, 6 a.m.
We are witnessing a magnitude of chaos and desperation rarely seen in Washington with the U.S. Senate hearings this week ...

The president, who is under criminal investigation, should not be allowed to choose his own judge in a case that in all likelihood will go before the U.S. Supreme Court. Like all elected officials, Mr. Trump is accountable to the people and to the laws of the land. He should not be held above the law by Judge Kavanaugh or any other judge in this nation.

For public officials, there should be no immunity from accountability — including prosecution — particularly when it comes to the person who holds the highest elected position in our nation.

But Mr. Trump continues to put our democracy on the brink of a breakdown with his despicable actions. We cannot let his efforts to protect himself ruin the character and impartiality of our nation’s highest court.

We call on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stop these confirmation hearings until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete.

We also call on the White House and Republicans to release all the documents related to Judge Kavanaugh so that senators can have a complete record with which to evaluate his nomination.

We urge our readers to call Virginia’s U.S. senators, Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, as well as Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that is holding the hearings, and members of the committee to tell them to suspend the confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh until the Mueller investigation is complete.

The Senate switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

It is imperative that our democracy not be pulverized by a president or lawmakers motivated by their self-interests. America and Americans deserve better than that.