Kirsten Gillibrand Plans to Obstruct Trump’s Pick for US Attorney in New York

Senator Gillibrand, who took Clinton money for years, begged the Trump family for donations, and then threw Bill Clinton under the bus when it was politically convenient, will now try to obstruct President Trump’s pick for U.S attorney in New York.

As reported by TheHill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) plans to try and block President Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney in New York’s southern district, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Gillibrand, a frequent and vocal critic of the president, will likely use her “blue-slip prerogative” to oppose the nomination of Geoffrey Berman. Senators from the home state of a nominee — in Berman’s case New York — are required to sign off on blue slips for a nominee to be considered.

Gillibrand’s spokesman told The New York Times that the senator would block the nomination over concerns that Trump interviewed Berman for the post directly.

 Politico reported last October that Trump, who prior to the presidency lived in New York City, conducted interviews with Berman and Ed McNally for the U.S. attorney posts in the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York, respectively.

The interviews were considered abnormal and prompted concerns from Democratic senators that they amounted to political interference in the appointment process.



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