“The comments from the White House yesterday about trying to politicize the Department of Justice — they were wrong,” the Nebraska Republican said. “And they should be condemned, and my guess is Brett Kavanaugh would condemn them.”
Sasse’s comment came during an extended series of remarks he made about the shortcomings of confirmation hearings and his criticism of the discourse around Kavanaugh’s nomination to fill the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement this summer.
Collins was charged with securities fraud and Hunter with misuse of campaign funds, and both congressmen have pleaded not guilty.
Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who’s a frequent critic of Trump, followed Sasse in addressing the President’s remarks, calling them “why a lot of people are concerned about this administration and why they want to ensure that our institutions hold.”
Sasse, in his remarks at the hearing, lambasted “hysteria” around Supreme Court confirmations and attributed it to an overly partisan understanding of the judiciary.
“Our political commentary talks about the Supreme Court like they’re people wearing red and blue jerseys,” Sasse said. “That’s a really dangerous thing.”