Mitt Romney is going to allow a vote on Trump's Supreme Court Justice nominee. I do not think all hope is lost on Romney. The message we must hammer home to him is this:
You know Trump doesn't deserve to be President. You voted to convict him. To reward him now with a Supreme Court justice would be despicable. It would be an utter betrayal of your record of integrity if you were to allow Trump to seat a Justice if there is ANY chance that Trump has made a secret deal with her to nominate her in return for her vote for him if the question of whether Trump or Biden is the winner of the election comes before the Court. You must guard against a quid pro quo.
And there is good reason to believe there may be a quid pro quo going on. Trump is likely to challenge the validity of any votes sent by mail that are not counted by election night. And any challenge Trump mounst will inevitably end up in the Supreme Court. Bloomberg News reports:
President Donald Trump predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the outcome of the November election and argued the Senate should confirm his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to break any tie.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices, and I think the system’s going to go very quickly,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House, after criticizing the legitimacy of mail-in voting. He made the remarks during a meeting with Republican attorneys general about alleged anti-conservative bias of tech companies.
It is unfortunate you are not on the Senate Judicial Committee. If you were, you could ask the nominee the following question under oath in public.
If the decision of who won the election comes before the Court, I can not possibly decide in favor of President Trump without calling into question both the legitimacy of the President and the legitimacy of the Court as an institution based on Justice and Fairness as opposed to being a weapon for political hackery. Therefore, I solemnly swear to recuse myself from deliberations and from voting should the decision of picking the next President comes before the Court.
But since you are not on the Judicial Committee, please ask the nominee this question privately in your office. Put her under oath first and let her know you are recording her answer to be played publicly later on.
That is what I’d like to tell Mitt Romney.
The nominee COULD take this oath and then renege on it. It would not surprise me at all for a Trump appointee to lie, especially if she thought that doing so was necessary to build a kingdom of God on Earth. But it would be good to get her on record making this pledge under oath. That would give Democrats ammunition to impeach her if she lies and the Democrats take the Senate.
And if she refuses to take that oath then it will let us know that Trump selected her so that she could throw the election to him. And if Mitt Romney has the integrity that I think he has, he would vote against her nomination.