by Bloomberg The Republican Party has spent months trying to make the case that Trump was the victim of an orchestrated political conspiracy against him.
Now, a bipartisan group of senators and House members has joined forces to make that case.
The letter comes as the White House is considering whether to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
Democrats say they are concerned the Senate could go through a confirmation process before the Nov. 8 election, and they have been pushing the administration to appoint a woman to the bench.
The president could still choose to name a female nominee, but it would be a politically charged choice that could further complicate the court’s court-packing efforts.
If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the first Supreme Court nominee in at least 30 years to be seated with no Republican support.
But the Democrats have vowed to fight for his nomination.
The Republican effort comes at a particularly critical moment for the president, who faces a pivotal midterm election in which the party needs to win control of both chambers of Congress.
Trump has already been blamed for the party’s slow, but steady, efforts to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court.
Trump has made it clear that he will not make appointments to the court through a rule change, instead preferring to fill his seat through a procedural vote.
The senators’ letter asks Trump to consider the possibility that the Republican Party could be wrong about the importance of judicial appointments, even as it is taking a stand on the merits.
The Senate should take a stand for fairness and justice for the American people, they write.
The Democrats’ letter says that, in their view, the court should not be considered “a rubber stamp” that provides political cover to Trump’s political opponents.
The White House has resisted calls from both parties to name someone for the seat, but has indicated that it might nominate a woman if they were willing to consider a nominee that would be politically palatable to Democrats.