Special Counsel Robert Mueller
by Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
WASHINGTON — By making federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court pick, President Donald Trump selected someone who already once secured votes from GOP swing Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (back in 2006). What’s more, key Democratic red-state senators like Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.V., released statements Monday saying they’d keep an open mind about Kavanaugh.
Add it all up and it’s very possible that, in the current 51-49 Senate, Kavanaugh could match the 54-45 confirmation vote that Neil Gorsuch got in 2017.
But there’s one significant wild card to Trump picking Kavanaugh: the Mueller probe.
And if there’s a big development in the investigation — we haven’t really had one since April, when the FBI raided Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s offices — then Kavanaugh’s 2009 law review article could be an impediment to confirmation.
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Source: NBC News