Kamala Harris may lose her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Kamala Harris may lose her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Reducing the size of the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee is reported by The Washington Post to be among the actions being considered by Senate Republicans as they prepare for the next Congress.

According to WAPO’s report, this could spell danger for Democrat Kamala Harris because she is the judiciary committee’s most junior member, and would be among the first to go if the panel is downsized.

This has prompted some Democrats to find a way to keep the first-term senator on the committee, the Washington Post report said. The ideas include negotiating with Republicans — who maintained control of the chamber after this month’s midterm elections — to keep the committee at 21 members, or convincing a more senior Democrat to step aside.

Harris has already told Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that she is hoping to keep her Judiciary spot, her spokeswoman Lily Adams told the Washington Post.

However, despite her pleas Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is reported to be considering Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., for a Judiciary seat, WAPO reports.

Although Kamala has been a United States senator for under two years, the former state attorney general in California drew widespread attention to herself during her questioning of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Harris and Kavanaugh had a fiery exchange over whether he discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation  with anyone at a law firm associated with President Trump’s personal lawyer.

“I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us,” Harris said when Kavanaugh responded that he couldn’t remember if he’d had such conversations.

In September, the Washington Post gave Harris a rating of Four Pinocchios, saying she selectively edited a video of Kavanaugh comments about abortion-inducing drugs, in a bid to argue that he was against birth control.

Serious discussions about the future makeup of the committee will begin sometime following Tuesday’s Senate run-off election in Mississippi, the Post report said.

Report by Rahid for MilneNews.com

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