GOP Senators Escalate Stand Against Biden Nominees Over Trump Prosecutions

A group of Senate Republicans have signed onto a new pledge to place a hold on a growing number of President Joe Biden‘s nominees in protest of the criminal prosecutions against former President Donald Trump.

Sens. J.D. Vance (R-OH), Mike Lee (R-UT), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Eric Schmitt (R-MO) signed onto a letter dated June 13 with details of their crack-down.

Fast-tracking of Biden’s Article III court judicial nominees, U.S. attorney nominees, and nominees who backed the Trump cases or “supported law fare or censorship in other ways” will be stopped under this plan.

“This compliment to the pledge of May 31 will last until Election Day, when the American people will have the opportunity to decisively reject attempts to settle political disputes through the legal system,” they said.

Vance, a VP contender, and the others signed an earlier letter that said they would try to stop non-security related funding, confirmation of political and judicial nominees, and quick consideration of Democrat bills.

“We need to fight back against the weaponization of government against political opposition. I’m proud to stand with a number of my Republican senate colleagues and do just that,” Vance said in a post to X on Thursday.

A press release listed dozens of Biden’s nominees to whom the Senate GOP hold applies, including the selection of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) to become representative to the General Assembly of the United Nations.Former Florida Democratic Governor Charlie Crist, who is nominated to be the United States’ Representative to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization, is another one of Biden’s picks who are on the list.

The letters follow Trump’s guilty verdict on felony counts of falsifying business records to allegedly cover up a tryst with adult film star Stormy Daniel as part of a “catch-and-kill” scheme to influence the 2016 election.

Trump, who denied the affair and pleaded not guilty, said he would be “appealing this scam.” Sentencing is scheduled for July 11, which is days before Trump is expected to receive the GOP presidential nomination.

Three other criminal matters hang over Trump as he runs for a second term, including two cases led by special counsel Jack Smith. It is not clear whether any of those will reach the trial stage before the 2024 election

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