Skip to comments.Gillibrand, said to have her eye on 2020, vows to block key Trump DOJ appointee
Posted on 01/18/2018 5:26:35 PM PST by jazusamo
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is one of the most talked-about potential Democratic candidates for the White House in 2020. But she has also turned into a thorn in the side of the Department of Justice as she holds up one of DOJ's highest-profile postings.
The junior senator from New York plans to use her blue-slip prerogative to block the confirmation of Geoffrey S. Berman, if he is nominated by President Trump to be the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin told Fox News.
Berman, 58, a former prosecutor in the office, has been appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the interim U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The posting has jurisdiction over all businesses in Manhattan, including those of Trump and his family.
Gillibrand doesn't have an issue with Bermans qualifications. Her objection lies with the man who nominated him and reports that Berman personally met with the president as part of the selection process.
This is about President Trump, Caplin said. "Senator Gillibrand believes U.S. attorneys work for the people they serve and must be independent from the White House.
He called it a cornerstone of our democracy and said reports that Trump took the unusual step of personally interviewing Berman are deeply disturbing, considering the conflicts of interest inherent by his potential jurisdiction on matters that could affect the president personally."
Caplin said that if the meeting between Trump and Berman occurred, as purported, it should be disqualifying.
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Call me sexist, but all these nut cases and commies never would be in office if women weren’t allowed to vote. My apologies all the conservative ladies out there that do vote responsibly.
she’s an idiot and knows nothing about our system of governance
what the Hell0 is she doing in office?
If Gillibrand runs it will mostly be to keep Clinton out and give Warren a hard time, but senators don't feel fulfilled unless they've run for president at least once.
Hillary supporters will remember her backstabbing ways lol
The odds are greater of me luring Giselle away from Tom Brady than this crone Gillibrand being elected president.
OMG, what a joke this woman is....lol
>>He called it a cornerstone of our democracy
Judges, a single person who can make decisions that affect lives, are kinda the opposite of democracy. Democracy is letting the criminal plead their case to the crowd and letting them give a thumbs up or thumbs down.
I guess that’s why we aren’t a democracy and aren’t supposed to be.
The munchkins are coming! The munchkins are coming!
Shhhh. The vag is speaking....
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So different from the former senator from NY State, Hillary Clinton, who fired ALL U.S. attorneys (94) on the first day of the Clinton administration
I thought Chuck Grassley chucked the blue slip for good
there is NWIH that you will be POTUS.
Is your IQ above 100?
Probably because the nominee is Jewish, I reckon. Keep repeating that.
Well, the one on the left has Gravitas...
McConnell should simply declare all blue slips a relic of arcane Senate culture.
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