Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republicans have enough votes to replace the seat of late Justice Ginsburg before the election; plus, DOJ designates 3 cities as “anarchist jurisdictions.”
Graham predicts GOP will confirm SCOTUS justice seat before election
During an interview with Fox, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed that Republicans have the necessary number of votes to fill the US Supreme Court seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with the forthcoming nominee by President Donald Trump before the election on Nov. 3, The Hill reported.
“It’s pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open,” Graham told Fox host Sean Hannity. “They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat — they were dumb enough to say that.”
“I’ve seen this movie before,” Graham continued. “It’s not going to work, it didn’t work with Kavanaugh.”
We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” Graham proclaimed. “We’re going to move forward in the committee. We’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election.”
Following Graham’s pledge to fill the seat, protesters gathered outside his Washington, D.C. home near the capitol.
Justice Department designates three US cities as “anarchist jurisdictions”
The Department of Justice has designated three Democrat-controlled cities as “anarchist jurisdictions.” The three cities are: Portland, Seattle, and New York City, The Daily Wire reported.
The Department of Justice released the following criteria it uses to evaluate whether a US city is designated as an “anarchist jurisdiction”:
- Whether a jurisdiction forbids the police force from intervening to restore order amid widespread or sustained violence or destruction.
- Whether a jurisdiction has withdrawn law enforcement protection from a geographical area or structure that law enforcement officers are lawfully entitled to access but have been officially prevented from accessing or permitted to access only in exceptional circumstances, except when law enforcement officers are briefly withheld as a tactical decision intended to resolve safely and expeditiously a specific and ongoing unlawful incident posing an imminent threat to the safety of individuals or law enforcement officers.
- Whether a jurisdiction disempowers or defunds police departments.
- Whether a jurisdiction unreasonably refuses to accept offers of law enforcement assistance from the Federal Government.
- Any other related factors the Attorney General deems appropriate.
“Anarchist jurisdictions” may have federal funding withheld
The designations come after a memo issued by President Donald Trump, was directed to Attorney General William Barr, in consultation with Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and tasked with identifying jurisdictions “that have permitted violence and the destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract these criminal activities (anarchist jurisdictions),” NBC reported.
DOJ aims to force cities to protect their citizens
The review was aimed at reconsidering federal funding for local governments and jurisdictions where violence or vandalism has occurred during protests.
In a statement, Barr said: “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”