Senators Who Committed a Crime Demands Rule of Law
David Vitter (R-DiaperPuta) stands firm:
Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) will block two nominees to the Securities and Exchange Commission…
Daniel Gallagher Jr., a partner at the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP who was nominated to join the SEC, and agency commissioner Luis Aguilar, who was nominated for a second term….both require Senate confirmation, haven’t encountered any substantive opposition partly because they were paired together as a Republican and a Democrat in order to reduce incentives for partisans to blow up their nominations.
But senators often use the confirmation process to pressure federal agencies to meet various demands. By placing a “hold” on the nominees, Mr. Vitter is delaying a confirmation vote by the Senate.
BarryO was strangely silent during Vitter’s re-election campaign, not once declaring that having committed an actual crime would be a reason to resign.