Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator __________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to thank her for standing with us in opposing Neil Gorsuch's appointment as a Supreme Court Justice. I'm also calling to urge her to use the filibuster as leverage to force an independent investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia, and his campaign's possible collaboration with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. A president whose legitimacy is in doubt must not be allowed to shape our Supreme Court for a generation. I want the Senator to know that if she stands strong on using the filibuster as leverage on this issue, millions of us in California will stand with her, regardless of the consequences. Thank you!
Sen. Dianne Feinstein's rebuke of Neil Gorsuch's nomination, in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday morning, could not have been more forceful. She called out his refusal to answer even basic questions during his confirmation hearings, she noted the terrible opinions that characterize his tenure as a federal court judge, and she outlined his work helping the Bush administration justify torture as an interrogation tactic. Senator Feinstein also committed to joining the Democrats' announced intention to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats, including California's Kamala Harris, had already said they will filibuster the nomination -- and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has responded that if a filibuster is invoked, Republicans will hold a vote to end the use of such filibusters on Supreme Court nominations. In the past, situations like this one have spurred both parties to find compromises that preserve the Senate's rules and traditions. Knowing that many Republicans, not to mention the majority of the American people, don't want to see the Gorsuch nomination result in another step toward hyperpartisan gridlock and polarization, Democrats can use their filibuster threat as leverage to obtain compromise on perhaps the most important issue facing the nation today: the extent and impact of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and the very legitimacy of the Trump administration.
Democrats can agree that they will lift their Gorsuch filibuster in exchange for an independent investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, and possible collusion in Russian efforts to swing the election. Such a compromise would enable Democrats to gain a "win" in what is likely to be Gorsuch's eventual confirmation.