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A Haynes Filibuster?



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Will Senate Democrats seek to filibuster the Haynes nomination?  Senate Minority Leader certainly left open that possibility earlier today.  Here is an excerpt from Senator Reid’s media availability after a closed policy luncheon: 

QUESTION: Senator Reid, you mentioned earlier the nuclear option. Will there be a filibuster on William Haynes’ nomination?
REID: Well, today, with Haynes, we got interesting news. Twenty retired generals, Democrats, Republicans and independents, wrote a letter saying that Haynes is not fit to be on the bench. And I think that says it all.  We are going to do what we need to do to protect our country. We have been cooperative with the Republicans on judges. We’ve approved a lot of judges that were very, very borderline. But unless there’s some drastic change, I’m not going to override the views of 20 of our finest.
QUESTION: But will there be a filibuster?
REID: We’ll do whatever is necessary to protect the judiciary.



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