Durbin: Senate Has ‘Done Virtually Nothing’; ‘We’ve Not Tackled a Single Major Issue’

By Susan Jones | June 8, 2017 | 9:16am EDT
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (Screen grab from an earlier CNN appearance)

(CNSNews.com) – As Congress and the liberal media chase Russia-Trump conspiracy theories, the people’s business languishes.

“Just take a look, if you will, at the record of the United States Senate the first five months of this year,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. “With the exception of filling the Supreme Court vacancy and reaching a bipartisan agreement to fill out the budget for this year, we’ve done virtually nothing.”

Then Durbin complained about the slow pace of nominations coming to the Senate, which has dragged its feet on most of Trump’s nominees to this point: “The Trump administration is dramatically behind previous presidents in even sending up the names of nominees to fill positions in their departments,” Durbin said.

“We’ve not tackled a single major issue in the United States Senate. One of my Republican Senate colleagues said the other day of his own party -- we’re wasting a majority. We’re not doing anything.”

Asked about the imminent Comey hearing, Durbin described the former FBI director’s written statement, released Wednesday, as “basic.”

“You don’t need to be a legal scholar to realize that no one, absolutely no one, including the president, should either try to stop a criminal investigation or influence the outcome of that investigation. That is what Comey says in his opening statement,” Durbin said.

“The questions to be asked of him obviously get into detail. What did this president say? What was the state of mind? What were the circumstances, and can you, Comey, prove that what you said in this statement is something that would hold up in court?

“It’s really very fundamental.”

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