Count on it….
The legal pressure Trump faces on many fronts is likely to spill into the confirmation hearings for his nominee — whom he is expected to name next week to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, long seen as the court’s swing vote — as senators seek to use the high-profile platform to publicize the unusual legal predicaments.
“Senators are going to ask the nominee about this. There’s no question about it,” said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law. “The big one, I think, is the question of what happens if Trump decided to fire Mueller.”
“It’s one place where the Democrats may get some traction,” University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias said of the Russia-related questions that could come before the court. “It does seem like a conflict to a lot of people. Is a person handpicked by the president going to be objective about the person who nominated him?
Many legal experts, including some prominent Republicans, say the fact that a judge was nominated by a particular president is not a basis to ask him or her to avoid all cases connected to that president.
“The idea that you can’t judge somebody who picked you is probably not a ground for recusal. You’ve got to show there’s a connection between the case at hand and the activity of the judge,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “I wouldn’t have a broad rule that you can’t, you know, review anything against President Trump because he chose you.”
Some of the major legal issues swirling around the president could wind up at the Supreme Court within months, if not sooner…..