Trump Nominates Russian Ambassador To Supreme Court
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak will be his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Speaking to a gaggle of reporters outside of the White House Trump praised Kislyak.
“He’s a great guy. A great legal mind,” Trump said. “It took what, three seconds to make the decision. He (Kislyak) loves our country. He’s tough on crime. He will protect the border. If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country. He loves guns, a Second Amendment guy. He loves babies and he hates the gays.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised a vote on Kislyak’s nomination before the November midterms.
In an unprecedented Congressional tongue-lashing, McConnell berated Senate Democrats on floor of the upper chamber.
"It's imperative that Kislyak be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks,” said McConnell. “Anti-Russian government sentiment or bigoted references about the ambassador’s racial profile will not be tolerated in this esteemed institution.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said he supports Trump’s nominee. “It’s not my job to nominate Supreme Court justices,” said Ryan. “The president’s judgement is sound and perhaps it’s time we had a Russian government official on the court.”
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lead attorney for the Russia investigation, may have inadvertently jeopardized Kislyak’s chances of winning confirmation in the Senate.
During a live show, Giuliani told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Trump made his decision while under the influence.
“Donald and Sergey were competing with each other. They were drinking shots of Stolichnaya in the Oval Office,” said Giuliani. “They weren’t in their underwear. I never said they were in their underwear. So, then Sergey decides to give Putin a call. The rest is history. That’s not a crime. There’s no crime.”
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