Senate Dem: Trump choosing 'right-wing fringe ideologues' for Supreme Court

George Stephanopoulos talks to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal on "This Week" about the upcoming Supreme Court nomination battle.
4:27 | 07/08/18

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other side. Senator richblumenthal. Democrat from Connecticut. Membf the senate judry committee. You heard Leonard Leo expressing some confidence that whoever the president nominates tomorrow night will get through before the terms. Youresponse? Thes no question, George, we're N extraordinary time. This next nominee will be swing vote to ovrn roe V. Wade and Ely important to iscerate trotections of millions of Americans who suffer Reing conditns and other health care rights, along with workers' rights, gay rights, voting rights. The American people understand what's at stake here. By the way, you've just heard extrinarily poul reasons why the next justice appointed by this president ought to recuse him or herself. Rudy Giuliani raising the sit on the issue of whether not the presidt can pardon himself or others Leo Leo called that a red herring. Well, it's far from a red herring when Rudy Giuliani is saying he will not be -- the ident will rto talk to Robert muellerhis team ss he is given evidence of a crime. That is a preposterous position the next justice on this supreme court will probably be a swing vote in dec W he has to comply with a Su along with whether or not he has to stop defying the chief anti-corruption provision of the constion that forbhi from takinyments without coming to congress for consent. You've thort list that we just TD about with Leonard Leo. To overturn roe V. Wade? If yook at what the president said, which is he will nominate someone only if that person is committee automatically overturn roe V. Wade. If you look at the president said about Roberts, his berating Roberts for failing to strike down the affordable care ac he certainly has criteria and society and the heritage foundation. It is extraordinary. I was a law black to justice Blac. I've argued cases before the sue court for th I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make hif a puppet of outside groups a choose from a group of right wing fringe ideologues that are prepared ons list. You've talked about the Akes but do thmocrats have power to stop this? E do. The bls control E votes in the senate but we have the American people on our side. The vaority of ameri people shown by poll after poll want roe V. Wade to be served. They want protections for millions oericans again pre-existing conditions to be sustained. They these voting rights and rits and other rights to be not only prese but also enhanced. I think we can take C action to the American people, take our case to them. Our colleagues know they're going to have to answer to history for this vote. Final question on another subject. You're a member of the senate armed servicesmittee. You saw Mike Pompeo come back from his meetings in North Korea and being accused by the north re gangster-ke tactics. What's your reaction to this latest move in the negotiations over north korclear program? Unfortunately and I really mean utunately, K that some oe more direw what we sacrificed in this realshow that the prest conducted now cominge.we made concessions like cancelling military exercises and to some extent undermining the crediby of this countrin that region and look at what we are seeing in return. The noh Koreans are following their standard playbook which is deny denuclearization and in effect give nothing for what they're getting which is legitimacy on the world stage. Senator rrd Blumenthal, thanks very much. Thank you.

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