To the Editor:
I urge Sen. Susan Collins to join with Democrats and block any Supreme Court justice nomination until the Russian investigation is complete.
President Trump has refused to use his power to address Russian interference in our elections.
He can nominate a Supreme Court justice who is likely to decide on issues relating to the Mueller investigation and its impact on him. Does he get to pardon himself? His friends? What is within the scope of Mueller’s investigation? Trump could even secretly require a loyalty oath from his nominee. He has lied so often; we cannot believe anything he says.
Sen. Collins, Republican leadership has not kept their promises to you. Too many Republicans have chosen loyalty to Trump over fulfilling their responsibilities as members of an independent branch of government.
Republicans forced a one-year delay to vote on a Supreme Court justice when there was no cloud over the president. Now there is a compelling reason to wait.