Treason, Facebook Censorship, Judges and more Judges | Look At News Daily  (July14-20/Day 175-181) Week 26

By Michael Hernandez


July 14 (Saturday):  Day 175

Democrats fighting Trump’s Supreme Court nomination

Democrats are fighting with each other over how to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Far left, progressive activists are butting heads with center-left Democrats on the fence about opposing Kavanaugh because of his credentials, including a 12-year stint as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and an undergraduate and law degree from Yale University.

While some Senate Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are taking a hard line stance against voting for Kavanaugh, some red-state Senate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) are striking a balancing act between supporting their party and getting re-elected.

Heitkamp announced this week her willingness to “thoroughly review and vet” Kavanaugh’s record despite the actions of her colleagues and actions of outside groups to oppose Kavanaugh on partisan grounds.

The uncertainty of these red-state Senate Democrats on Kavanaugh’s nomination is causing frustration among the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Neil Sroka, a spokesman for the advocacy group Democracy for America, told the Hill that his group is pushing for Senate Democrats to be united in opposing Trump’s “extremist nominee.”

“We need to be training all of our firepower on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and we don’t need to be wasting one shred of energy trying to push a Democrat in the right direction on this extremist nominee,” Sroka said. “There’s a great deal of impatience amongst the grassroots for senators to get off the fence on Kavanaugh.” Republican senators Murkowski and Collins are considered to be potential swing votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Other activist groups cited concerns over how Kavanaugh would gut the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v. Wade.

London disallows pro-Trump rally

Police in Sadiq Khan’s London have used the Public Order Act to prevent a rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump outside the American embassy, despite permitting a large, ill-tempered anti-Trump rally on Friday.

Protestors attending the ‘Welcome Trump’ event had planned to gather outside the embassy and march from there to Whitehall, where they would have joined in with a separate ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ event in support of the activist and independent journalist who was recently imprisoned for contempt of court after reporting on a grooming gang trial.

But the Metropolitan Police Force, which answers to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, used the Public Order Act to impose a raft of restrictions on both groups of protesters which made this impossible —  despite allowing far larger anti-Trump protests at which at least six people were arrested to go ahead on Saturday, with demonstrators carrying signs emblazoned with harsh profanity and messages such as “Die Trump Die”.

Mayor Khan actively encouraged the anti-Trump protests, and was active in the media defending his decision to authorize an “obscene” balloon caricaturing the U.S. President on ground of freedom of speech and the right to protest.


July 15 (Sunday):   Day 176

Trump:   Mass migration in London and Paris “sad”

U.S. President Donald J. Trump claimed mass migration caused the Brexit vote, saying the impact on cities like London and Paris is “sad” and praising Hungary for its tough border policies.

President Trump told The Sun newspaper that mass migration had “changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was, and I don’t mean that in a positive way” ahead of a NATO summit in Belgium and a working visit to the United Kingdom.

 “I said Brexit was going to happen for a specific reason: immigration. I think the people of the UK want to have who they want in their country, and I think what’s happening all over Europe is very sad.

 “You look at Hungary as an example. They’re not agreeing to do what some of the other countries did. Now it’s a very tough thing… yet [mass migration] is changing Europe. It’s seriously changing Europe.

“I’m not the President of Europe, I’m the President of the United States, and we have a strong border, we have a tough border, and we have a different problem, but similar in certain ways,” he added, referring to his own efforts to curb illegal immigration from Mexico and Latin America.

California Democrats endorse Kevin de Leon for U.S. Senate

The California Democratic Party endorsed State Sen. Kevin de Léon (D-Los Angeles) over incumbent U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Saturday, as the two Democrats prepare to face off in the November general election.

“The California Democratic Party’s Executive Board voted Saturday night to endorse state Sen. Kevin de León for U.S. Senate over Sen. Dianne Feinstein. De León received 65 percent of the vote, compared to just 7 percent for Feinstein. An endorsement required 60 percent,” Bay Area public radio station KQED reported.

De Léon holds far-left views on immigration, gun control, and other issues. Last year, he admitted that half of his family was in the country illegally. Earlier this year, he appointed an illegal alien to a statewide office. He is also the author of SB 54, one of the three surviving “sanctuary state” laws that the Trump administration challenged earlier this year.

On Friday night, the eve of the endorsement vote, De Léon hosted an “ABOLISH ICE CREAM SOCIAL” for members of the California Democratic Party executive board.

De Léon enjoys the support of the party’s “progressive” wing, and the backing of left-wing mega-donors such as Tom Steyer. Feinstein enjoys the endorsement  of her party’s national leadership, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

State Sen. Kevin de Léon

July 16 (Monday):   Day 177

Trump and Putin host joint press conference

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly spoke to cameras before beginning a one-on-one meeting Monday that Trump said would include discussion of nuclear arms, China, and hopes of building an “extraordinary relationship.”

Trump and Putin met at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, to give opening statements before beginning their closed-door private meeting. Trump remarked that the U.S. and Russia have “not been getting along very well for the last number of years” and highlighted their common ground in their “mutual friend” the Chinese President.

President Putin spoke first to the cameras and to Trump through an interpreter. According to the interpreter, he opened with pleasantries about meeting with President Trump on Finnish soil. His brief remarks were followed by President Trump’s.

Trump said that he watched the final and semi-finals of the World Cup that were held in Russia and congratulated Putin on a “really great World Cup, one of the best ever.”

President Trump said he and Putin have a lot of “good things” to discuss, “everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear, to China.” He mentioned their “mutual friend” Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years. I’ve been here not too long,” said Trump. “I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. I hope so. I’ve been saying it and I’m sure you’ve heard over the years and as I campaigned that getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

“I think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90 percent of the nuclear and that’s not a good thing, it’s a bad thing,” said Trump turning his attention from the cameras toward Putin. “And I think we hopefully can do something about that because it’s not a positive force, it’s a negative force. So we’ll be talking about that among other things.”

“With that, the world waits and I look forward to our personal discussion,” said Trump who noted that their expanded teams would join then after their one-on-one meeting concludes. “We all have a lot of questions and hopefully we will come up with answers, most importantly.”

July 17 (Tuesday):  Day 178

President Trump thanks Senator Paul for Helsinki support

President Donald Trump publicly thanked Sen. Rand Paul on Twitter Tuesday for defending his comments made during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

“Thank you Rand Paul, you really get it!” Trump wrote on Twitter, noting Paul’s response to the establishment hysteria over Trump’s reluctance to fully back the American intelligence community.  “The President has gone through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations – what’s he supposed [to] think?” Paul said in his defense of the president.

Paul’s defense stood out as many of his Republican colleagues criticized the president, including Never Trump senators, such as Ben Sasse, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker. Even occasional allies of the president, such as Lyndsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Tom Cotton, criticized Trump’s remarks.

Pro-Trump Facebook page removed from Facebook for sixth time

God Emperor Trump,” a popular pro-Trump Facebook page, has been removed from Facebook for the sixth time on the same day that the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe denied to Congress that it routinely censoring conservatives.

“No posts were removed from the page, none of the page’s staff were banned from the platform, and nobody was given the customary ‘Session Expired’ notification users receive when they go against one of Facebook’s Community Standards. Instead, our team was given a notification that God Emperor Trump was unpublished with no explanation,” declared the page in a statement. “This is the sixth time our page has been purged by Facebook in some form.”

The page has previously been removed five times, only to be restored later following complaints.

On the same day that the Facebook page was removed, a Facebook representative appeared before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on social media censorship.

“Freedom of expression is one of our core values, and we believe that the Facebook community is richer and stronger when a broad range of viewpoints is represented,” claimed Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management. “We are committed to encouraging dialogue and the free flow of ideas by designing our products to give people a voice and by implementing standards to ensure fair and transparent processes for removing content that doesn’t belong on Facebook.”

“I do want to acknowledge the video bloggers known as Diamond and Silk. We badly mishandled our communications with them and since then we have worked hard to improve our relationship. We appreciate the perspective they add to our platform,” referencing Facebook’s previous sanctions and claims that the conservative commentators were “unsafe to the community.”

Head of Sleeping Giants that silences conservative voices revealed

A Monday report revealed Matt Rivitz, a San Francisco-based ad executive, as the founder of Sleeping Giants, the anonymous leftist group that organizes social media mobs in an effort to silence conservative voices.

According to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s (DCNF) Peter Hasson, Rivitz’s identity as the until-now anonymous founder is confirmed by clues left in Rivitz’s media interviews and social media posts by people in his “social and professional circles.”

Rivitz himself long ago deleted his Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as his professional websites.

The group’s modus operandi is consistent throughout its campaigns: use social media in cooperation with other well-funded left-wing groups like Media Matters for America and Think Progress to urge their followers to contact advertisers en masse – expressing their outrage that companies dare advertise with conservatives – until the companies relent and pull their ads. Equally consistent is their goal in organizing these social media mobs: pressure corporate America to blacklist conservative audiences.

Sleeping Giants’ first crusade was to drive Breitbart News from the web, starting in 2016. Despite being unable to do so, the group has branched out into threatening the advertisers of other leading voices on the right like Fox News’s Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Sleeping Giants also sought to bring pressure on CEOs to drop out of President Donald Trump’s consultative councils. More recently, the group joined with teenage anti-gun rights campaigner David Hogg to try to push conservative icon Laura Ingraham off the FM airwaves and cable news.

Rivitz, throughout the time he has been organizing boycotts against advertisers, has worked  in the advertising industry. According to his AdForum and AdAge profiles, Rivitz has done copywriting work with Goodby Silverstein & Partners, a major San Francisco ad firm, and Wieden + Kennedy, a Portland-based advertising powerhouse, although he does not appear to be employed at either agency at the moment.

Responding to his unmasking Monday, Rivitz used the Sleeping Giants Twitter account, which is verified by Twitter, to insist he is “super proud” of his work and that he only sought anonymity for more than a year and a half because he wanted “to stay anonymous to keep this about the mission rather than the individuals involved:”

In the past, however, the Sleeping Giants team has presented a very different explanation as to their reasons for anonymity:

A Sleeping Giants spokesman gave a very similar explanation for anonymity in a September 2017 Washington Post profile. “The spokesman says some leading members are employed by companies that might not take kindly to their employees engaging in a prolonged activist effort,” the Post’s Paul Farhi wrote.

In January 2017, “a founder,” of Sleeping Giants presumably Rivitz, gave an interview with the New York Times that further emphasized his desire to avoid backlash within the ad industry. Times opinion contributor Pagan Kennedy wrote, “‘We’re focused on Breitbart News right now because they’re the biggest fish,’ a founder of Sleeping Giants told me. (He requested anonymity because some members of the group work in the digital-media industry.)”

The Sleeping Giants account has not addressed where Rivitz has worked in the period he was pressuring advertisers to blacklist conservatives. Nor have the other ad executives who make up Sleeping Giants made any effort to disclose their identities or make public who their corporate clients are.


July 18 (Wednesday):  Day 179

U.S. and Russia make agreement on Syria

President Donald Trump has been criticized by the media and by Beltway politicians of both parties for his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. But the summit has already produced a very significant win: namely, agreement to avoid a war in the Middle East by restraining Iran in Syria.

Trump confronted Putin over Syria, because Russia  was about to allow Iranian and Hezbollah soldiers, dressed in Syrian uniforms, to move into southwestern Syria along the border with Israel and Jordan—which both the U.S. or Israel could not accept.

National Security Advisor John Bolton, Glick announced that Trump was scrapping Obama’s policy of allowing Iran free reign within most of Syria, and would seek a new agreement with Russia that would move Iranian troops out of Syria altogether.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly insisted on compliance with the Israel-Syria Separation of Forces Agreement of 1974, which was brokered by the United Nations, and which was credited with keeping the border quiet for decades.

226 GOP, 18 Democrat legislators vote for resolution affirming ICE

GOP legislators forced a House floor vote on the “Abolish ICE” campaign–167 Democrats abstained or voted against a resolution praising the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Democratic leaders protested and denounced the resolution, which was passed by 226 GOP votes. “This is the equivalent of fiddling while Rome is burning … It is a meaningless stunt,” said Democratic Rep. Ralph Nadler. “We have more important things to do.”

Democrats are under growing pressure from their progressive base to block ICE’s popular immigration reforms. But Democratic leaders have been trying to shift attention back to higher priorities issues such as healthcare.

Only 18 Democrats voted for the GOP’s pro-enforcement resolution, while 34 Democrats voted against the resolution and 133 abstained by voting “present” in the hope of minimizing backlash from ordinary voters or the progressive base.

The vote was an easy option for the GOP leaders, partly because it focuses voters’ attention on illegal immigration and away from the much bigger inflow of legal immigrants. Legal immigration is far more important for Americans worried about their jobs, salaries, and neighborhoods, but the GOP’s leaders receive much funding from business groups which gain from the annual inflow of 1 million legal workers, consumers, and renters.

The resolution by Lousiana Rep. Clay Higgins, listed the successes of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2017 and expresses its continued support for all United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of ICE; denounces calls for the complete abolishment of ICE; and supports the efforts of all Federal agencies, State law enforcement, and military personnel who bring law and order to our Nation’s borders.

California Supreme Court rules against ballot measure dividing state

The California Supreme Court moved Wednesday to block a measure that would divide the state into three parts. The court issued a brief order, stating it chose to remove the measure — known as Proposition 9 — from the November ballot after “significant questions” were raised about the validity of the proposition and the potential harm in allowing it to remain outweighed the risk of delaying it to a future election.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper sponsored the measure and has said it would be inappropriate for the court to block it from the ballot. “The concept of breaking this enormous state into smaller, more manageable states is not new,” he added. “In fact, the voters of California were asked to, and did approve, the Pico Act in 1859, which asked Congress to approve splitting the state into two. Congress never acted on that request, as it might not do if Proposition 9 is approved.”

During the closed session on Wednesday, the court also agreed to eventually issue a ruling on the measure’s constitutionality. The measure qualified for the ballot in June, after an initiative for its support — known as Cal 3 — gathered more than 400,000 signatures.

If passed and approved by Congress, the measure would split California into three new states of near-equal population: Northern California, California and Southern California.

Northern California would include cities between the Bay Area and the Oregon border, Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state and “new” California would include Los Angeles County and much of the coast below San Francisco Bay.

Draper has said the new, smaller states would allow voters to have more impact. Opponents of the bill sued, arguing the proposal abolishes the state constitution, which cannot be done in a ballot initiative.

July 19 (Thursday):  Day 180

President Trump:  “Looking forward to our second” Russia Summit

President Donald Trump reacted Thursday to the latest negative media coverage about his administration, and previewed a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media,” he wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed.”

Trump said that he and Putin discussed the importance of stopping terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and cyber attacks as well as trade, Ukraine, the Middle East, and North Korea. “There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems…but they can ALL be solved!” he wrote optimistically.

Trump accused the media of wanting war with Russia, instead of a partnership. “The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war,” Trump wrote on Twitter. He argued that the meeting with Putin was successful, despite the disparaging tone from the press.

Trump marveled at the new level of negativity directed at his administration after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. “The Fake News Media is going Crazy! They make up stories without any backup, sources or proof,” he wrote. “Many of the stories written about me, and the good people surrounding me, are total fiction.”

Democrats seek to subpoena Russian Summit interpreter

Ranking member House Intelligence Committee Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) raised a motion to subpoena the interpreter who attended President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, during a hearing on Thursday. The hearing’s topic was “China’s threat to American government and private sector research and innovation leadership.”

But after Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave his opening remarks, he turned the floor over to Schiff for his opening statement. Schiff began by attacking the Helsinki meeting and said he was concerned that Trump met with Putin alone without even his own national security adviser. Schiff then raised a motion to subpoena the interpreter who attended the meeting.

Nunes said he would not entertain the motion since Schiff only had the motion to adjourn, and reminded Schiff he had the remainder of three minutes to make his opening statement. Nunes moved to table the motion, which Republicans voted for by voice vote. Schiff then requested a recorded vote. The motion was then tabled along party lines, 11-6.

July 20 (Friday):  Day 181

Department of State hosting “religious freedom” conference

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday a scheduled gathering (next week) to advance religious freedom around the globe is a sign the Trump administration is making “the clarion call for religious freedom all around the world.”

During an interview with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins on his radio show Washington Watch, Pompeo said the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom will bring together over 80 delegations from different countries and more than 40 of his counterparts at the foreign minister level, as well as religious leaders of different faiths.

The event, scheduled for July 24-26 at the State Department in Washington, DC, is the first of its kind. Pompeo himself will host the event that will include addresses by Vice President Mike Pence and Ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

Pompeo told Perkins, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom:  “It is incredibly important in President Trump’s administration to make the clarion call for religious freedom all around the world. There are many countries in which religious freedom is not available and we believe that by gathering citizens from around the world … we will highlight the central nature of religious freedom and its importance to individuals in countries.

“We believe religious freedom is important for every citizen around the world and we want to bring everyone together to discuss how individuals of all faiths have the right to worship as they choose, or if they choose not to. Every country ought to honor that.”

The secretary said that gathering people from different countries together to discuss religious freedom, in and of itself, will empower them to return home to advocate for religious freedom in their native countries, he acknowledged that in many countries to even speak about religious freedom is challenging. “So, we hope to provide a support system for them as they head back to their countries,” he said, adding that a number of initiatives will be announced at the ministerial next week.

U.S. House Media Fairness founder: “evidence” of tech censorship

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the founder of the House Media Fairness Caucus, says “there is just too much evidence” of censorship against conservatives in Silicon Valley for the Democrats to pretend it is not happening.

“There is just too much evidence that we have at hand showing that the social platforms have in fact been discriminating against conservative views, conservative organizations, conservative news media of all kinds,” Smith said when asked for his thoughts on the Democratic Party’s claim that censorship of conservatives is an “imaginary narrative.”

“They’ve adjusted their algorithms, sometimes they have blocked or actually deleted information that’s conservative in nature. We have Google… designating as a hate group religious freedom organizations, border security organizations, pro-life organizations, so…they were targeting conservative-type viewpoints.

“That’s the kind of thing that really worries us here. Our platforms, whether they be Facebook or anyone else, they’re supposed to be neutral. They’re supposed to be objective. And clearly, they have not been in the past.”

“None of them denied the bias in the past, which was I think important to their own credibility. There are just too many examples of their biases in the past, so I think we’re making progress. They know we’re looking over their shoulder, and we also know that these groups lean liberal, sometimes radically so, from the top to the bottom.”

The owners are liberal, the management is liberal, the staff is liberal, and sometimes, intentionally or otherwise, that finds itself manifested in what they allow in the way of content,” Smith elaborated. “So we’re going to be monitoring them.”

National Right to Work Foundation demanding refund of $100 million

The National Right to Work Foundation (NRTWF) is demanding the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) refund up to $100 million in union fees to California state workers. The move follows the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME decision banning unions from automatically deducting fees from non-members’ paychecks.

The NRTWF announced that the Janus decision strengthens its class-action suit, titled Hamidi et al. v. Service Employees Union International, Local 1000, filed on behalf of 40,000 California state employees. The lawsuit seeks refunds for non-union workers whose pay was seized by SEIU officials who have claimed since 2012 that only public workers who affirmatively opt out of the union can avoid being charged full union dues.

NRTWF quoted from the Janus ruling: “Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such a payment, unless the employee affirmatively consents to pay.”

Janus invalidated a four-decades-old practice by public sector unions of collecting what unions call “fair share fees” from all workers, supposedly to pay for the unions’ collective bargaining-related costs. The plaintiff in Janus contended that some of the unions’ collective bargaining activities were inherently political.

NRTWF President Mark Mix wrote on the Foundation’s website that not only are the 40,000 California government employees closer to getting back refunds from the SEIU, but the “effect of the Janus decision is just starting to be felt.”

Class-action lawsuit filed against California teachers’ unions

A class-action lawsuit was filed on July 2 by Scott Wilford and six other Orange County teachers against California teachers’ unions, which were automatically deducting agency fees from non-union teachers.

Wilford and petitioner Rebecca Friedrichs were both non-union teacher plaintiffs in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the 2016 case in which the Supreme Court ipreserved agency fees in a 4-4 tie decision after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, making illegal involuntary and mandatory fees paid to unions representing government employees (so-called “agency fees”), the class action weapon is being turned against unions that are at the core of the Democrats’ funding.  Tyler O’Neill, reporting for PJ Media writes: “Justice is coming for unions that forced non-members to pay “non-political” agency fees that went to prop up Democratic candidates.”

“This lawsuit will enable teachers like me to recover the agency fees that we were wrongly forced to pay against our will,” Scott Wilford, the plaintiff in the new lawsuit, told Education Week.  Wilford filed the lawsuit in the Central District of California’s federal court on Tuesday.

Agency fees can amount to hundreds of dollars a year for each teacher, previously deducted from paychecks before teachers had access to the funds.  So the proposition that will be offered to individual teachers, should the class be approved by the court, will be to respond to a mailer that offers the opportunity to participate in the class and then face the possibility of recovery of thousands of dollars, the sum of agency fees paid over a series of years minus the lawyers’ fees (typically, one third of the total recovered).  

For the unions, of course, coming up with that amount of cash – thousands of dollars per teacher in the class – could be a serious problem if enough people join. 

Trump’s 9th Circuit Appeals Court nominee withdraws before vote

Ryan Bounds nominated by President Trump to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit withdrew Thursday afternoon amid allegations of racist writings.  The Senate, on a party-line vote Wednesday, ended debate on the nomination, prior to a confirmation vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the withdrawal ahead of a confirmation vote when it became clear that passage was uncertain.  The issue for senators appears to have been Bounds’ college writings, which have been criticized for racist tones.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only African-American Republican in the Senate, did not support the nomination, dooming Bounds in a Senate divided along party lines 50-49, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., absent from Capitol Hill due to his battle against brain cancer.

“After talking with the nominee last night and meeting with him today, I had unanswered questions that led to me being unable to support him,” Scott said in a statement provided to NPR.  Scott’s objections led to other senators reconsidering their position on Bounds’ nomination.

“Sen. Scott brought his concerns to the group as a whole at lunch. After Sen. Scott explained his concerns, multiple other senators expressed reservations,” according to a GOP aide who expressed that roughly 15-20 senators also indicated they had issues with the nominee.

Another Republican source familiar with the meeting reported that Scott raised concerns to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., about Bounds’ college writings, and “Marco said he’d be a no with Tim, which broke the dam.” Then after more Republicans also indicated they would vote no, Bounds withdrew, the GOP source said.

Bounds is an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon who was nominated in September 2017 to become a federal appellate judge.

Neither of Oregon’s two Democratic senators supported Bounds when his nomination came before the Senate Judiciary Committee, citing those writings while at Stanford University as an undergraduate.  Critics of Bounds were concerned about views on sexual assault, workers’ rights, people of color and LGBTQ people.

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens JournalVentura Countys online news service, founder of History Makers Internationala community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 24 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email:  [email protected].

Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheresas a City Upon A Hill; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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William Hicks
William Hicks
2 years ago

Don’t lose sight of Manchin and Heitkamp in the confusion. Hold their feet to the fire.