Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator __________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge her to refuse to consider Neil Gorsuch's appointment as a Supreme Court Justice until an independent investigation has been completed into President Trump's business and political ties to Russia, and his campaign's possible collaboration with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. An administration whose legitimacy is so thoroughly in question should not be allowed to push through a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Republicans had no problem refusing a vote on Merrick Garland's nomination, with no cause whatsoever; Democrats should insist that this scandal be resolved before allowing a Republican president to make this appointment. Thank you!
Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings this week have dovetailed with a remarkable series of revelations and accusations about President Trump's ties to Russia, and his campaign's possible role in that nation's meddling in our 2016 election. Moments in the whirlwind of activity on Capitol Hill this week: FBI director James Comey's affirmation that the agency is investigating Trump and his campaign, and that Trump's wild accusations of wiretapping by President Obama were entirely without merit; Wednesday's battle between Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, which forced even Sen. John McCain to admit that Congress "doesn't have the credibility" to investigate Trump properly; and Gorsuch finding his bland and insubstantial statements before the Senate juxtaposed with a unanimous ruling by the existing Supreme Court that rejected his position in a case involving the educational benefits owed to children with disabilities.
Senate Republicans spent a year refusing even to hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, President Obama's appointee to the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia's death. Yet now they see no problem consenting to an appointment from an administration whose very right to be in office has been brought seriously into question, thanks to the continuing revelations about Russia's involvement and Trump campaign officials' improper contacts with Russian figures. Democrats must decide whether to acquiesce to the Gorsuch nomination under these circumstances, or whether to filibuster it, which would carry the risk of Republicans ending judicial filibusters as an element of Senate rules.