Cruz, Leahy

Executive Session (Oldham Nomination)

Senator Cruz: (12:13 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Oldham to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
    • "Andy will be the fifth judge we have confirmed to the circuit court. Andy will be the third Texan and the fifth fifth circuit judge in the last year and a half, and that, I think, is one of the greatest legacy of President Trump and this Republican Senate are the principled constitutionalists who we are confirming to the federal court, judges who will be faithful to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, who will stand steadfastly to protect our fundamental liberties, to protect the right to keep and bear arms, to protect the tenth amendment, the fundamental liberties of the people against federal power. This is why the American people elected this majority and it's a legacy that will benefit Texans and Americans for generations to come."


Senator Leahy: (1:46 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the recent meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "Instead of forcefully condemning Russia's attack on our democracy or condemning its role in annexing Crimea or poisoning individuals with chemical weapons on the soil of one of our closest allies or Russia's downing of a passenger airline with nearly 300 innocent civilians on board or undermining democracies around the world, our president offered only praise for the authoritarian President Putin. He then repeated his conspiracy theories about the F.B.I. He called the Russia investigation a witch hunt by the F.B.I. He denigrated our law enforcement institutions while standing behind the flag that they have worked so hard to protect all Republicans and Democrats alike."