Tom Cotton Just Froze Out President Biden – The GOP Senator Puts All 8 Of Joe’s DOJ Nominees On Ice For Now

The world is anxiously awaiting President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nomination, after Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement. That news has been dominating the headlines.

But Biden has 8 other nominees in the works for the Department of Justice. That was expected to proceed relatively smoothly, but the administration just ran into a roadblock it didn’t expect.

It’s thrown up by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), and it means all 8 nominees are officially “on hold.”

This is due to the Portland federal courthouse issue in 2020, when U.S. Marshals were sued for defending the courthouse from a violent group of protesters and rioters.

Sen. Cotton wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, demanding answers from the Department of Justice. Cotton wanted to know why the DOJ didn’t assist the Marshals in this instance.

In the Senator’s view, it’s the DOJ’s responsibility to represent the Marshals and defend their actions. But he hasn’t received any answers.

As a result, Biden’s 8 DOJ nominees have been halted in their tracks, and it could prove seriously problematic in the long run. If the DOJ doesn’t cooperate, he’ll continue to object to all department nominees.

As Sen. Cotton said (from Fox News):

These courageous officers were attacked by left-wing street militants with weapons such as mortar fire, ball bearings, and blinding lasers.

A refusal to represent these Deputy Marshals would violate the Department’s long-standing practice — not to mention its moral duty — to defend law-enforcement officers when they’re sued for actions in the line of duty.

Cotton had given the DOJ a 3 p.m. Tuesday deadline to provide him with a “satisfactory answer,” and now that’s passed.

One Senator can’t block presidential nominees forever, but Senate rules allow Cotton to “delay confirmation of nominees for days or even weeks when they might otherwise have been confirmed by unanimous consent.”

As for the DOJ, a spokesperson says the Senator’s letter is “being reviewed,” and added that the department has paid for representation of over 70 federal employees associated with the Portland 2020 event.

However, according to reports, at least 3 U.S. Marshals say the DOJ hasn’t made any decision in their cases, which has forced them to find legal representation elsewhere.

Sen. Cotton finds this situation unacceptable, and wants a response from the DOJ before he lifts his objections to the 8 nominees.

It’s just another problem for the Biden administration, which continues to deal with a multitude of issues in 2022. Biden’s Supreme Court nomination might also meet with plenty of criticism and resistance.

And so long as Republicans like Cotton continue to push back, Biden’s team will struggle to meet upcoming challenges.

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