Watch: Trump Sits Down With CNN After Debate, Makes Shocking Confession Many Didn’t Expect

Donald Trump apparently had his hands full at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate hosted by CNN. With attacks coming continually from both Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio, Trump, according to a post-debate poll,  still came out on top. However, Trump’s popularity is in stark contrast to how he’s perceived by individuals who may have a better grasp of civics than the Republican front-runner.

In an exchange with Cruz, Trump made several inaccurate statements about the role of judges. Trump attempted to defend his sister’s record as a judge, but in doing so, revealed to the audience a bit of judicial ignorance, according to Leon H. Wolf of Red State. Trump said:

Now, Ted’s been very critical, I have a sister, who is a brilliant, [interruption] excuse me, she’s a brilliant judge. He’s been criticizing… he’s been criticizing my sister for signing a certain bill. You know who else signed that bill? Justice Samuel Alito, a very conservative member of the Supreme Court, with my sister signed that bill. So, I think that maybe we should get a little bit of an apology from Ted, what do you think?


Critical of the revealed ignorance in Trump’s comments Wolf wrote, “This is not ‘Trump isn’t a politician,’ this is ‘Trump doesn’t understand Civics 101.’” Judges do not sign bills which leaves open the question as to what Trump might have been trying to say. Was he referring a judicial decision? Was he referencing a court order? At any rate, Trump did not appear any more knowledgeable with his comments in the post-debate interview.

In the interview, Trump was asked who he would recommend for the vacant Supreme Court seat left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump replied, “I would want to see scholars, but I think more than my asking, I would go on references of other people that I respect. Because that is not necessarily my world. I’m very much into the world of legal and legality. But, that is not my world, so I would go to people that I have great respect for and say, ‘Who do you recommend?’” Trump has often fallen back on his role as a businessman, rather than a politician, when asked tough questions, a fact Blitzer highlighted when he wrote about the interview with Trump.

Wolf wrote, “This is a pretty stunning admission from Trump … What Trump is saying here is that he, personally, has no idea whatsoever what he would do. He has no idea what questions he might ask of a judge. This is not a guy who can be trusted … By his own admission he has literally no idea what he’s doing when it comes to judicial nominations. Quite frankly, as he demonstrated in the debate, he does not even know what judges do. And this is someone you want picking the replacement for Scalia?”

Revealed: Scalia Spent Final Hours With These Mysterious ‘Secret Society’ Members… WOW

Adding to the layers of mystery that shrouded the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a new report that says Scalia was in the company of members of a worldwide exclusive society of hunters gathered at the Texas resort ranch where Scalia died.

The group is known as the International Order of St. Hubertus, which has existed since the 1600s. Scalia died Feb. 13 at the West Texas ranch, without an autopsy. He was declared dead by a local official who never viewed the body.

“Cibolo Creek Ranch owner John Poindexter and C. Allen Foster, a prominent Washington lawyer who traveled to the ranch with Scalia by private plane, hold leadership positions within the Order,” the Post reported.

There was no clear indication of official association between Scalia and the society.

“There is nothing I can add to your observation that among my many guests at Cibolo Creek Ranch over the years some members of the International Order of St. Hubertus have been numbered,” Poindexter told the Post in an email. “I am aware of no connection between that organization and Justice Scalia.”

The order’s name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen. It is a worldwide all-male organization.

The Post also released an incident report from Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez about what he found at the ranch where Scalia died.

Scalia, who the report said was lying on three pillows “to elevate his head” was found face up on his bed. Scalia’s sheets “were still in the creased position from that day’s room service, indicating that there was no struggle involved,” the report said. The top pillowcase “appeared to have shifted at some point in the night due to the weight of his pillow, causing the pillow case to slide down and cover his eyes,” the report said, adding that the pillow “did not seem to have inhibited Scalia’s breathing.”

A breathing apparatus was on the table by the bed, but was turned off, the report said.

h/t: The Washington Post

Scalia’s Doctor Just Revealed Something Stunning That May Have Caused Early Death…

Despite the initial controversy around the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the incident report issued by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Department stated there was nothing out of place around his bed.

Scalia’s head had been elevated by the use of pillows, possibly to assist in breathing. One pillow was covering his forehead and eyes; however, it did not appear to have obstructed his breathing.

The justice had breathing equipment near the bed, but it was not attached. The report also stated that the investigation could not find any signs of struggle.

Shortly after Scalia’s death, questions were raised concerning the way local and federal authorities handled the death.

Former D.C. head of criminal investigations, William O. Ritchie went on Facebook, where he said, “As a former homicide commander, I am stunned that no autopsy was ordered on Justice Scalia.”

In a letter released on Tuesday, Rear Admiral and Supreme Court doctor, Brian P. Monahan, stated Scalia had been dealing with several issues effecting his health.

He had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease in addition to diabetes and obesity. Scalia was also a smoker, who had high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

The letter asserted that Scalia’s “many significant medical conditions lead to his death.”

There were also questions concerning the fact that Presidio County Judge, Cinderela Guevara, pronounced Scalia dead of natural causes without actually seeing the body.

Guevera said that she based her declaration on the information she received from the law enforcement officials on the scene, which is permitted by Texas law.

Justice Scalia was 79 years old when he passed away on Feb. 13.

h/t: Daily Mail

Report: Here’s Who Obama Is Considering To Replace Scalia – It’s NOT Who You’d Think

Following U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death earlier this month, controversy arose regarding whether President Barack Obama or his successor would nominate the conservative jurist’s replacement. Despite Republican opposition, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assertion that there will be no hearings on the matter until the next administration, Obama has remained resolute in his intention to select the next high court judge.

Asked if he would look for a “moderate” nominee in an effort to achieve bipartisan support, Obama reportedly rejected the idea.

According to recent reports, however, Obama is not only considering a moderate, but a moderate Republican to fill Scalia’s vacant seat. Citing information leaked from a source close the the administration, the Washington Post named Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval as the likely nominee.

Some pundits on the right are skeptical.

Prior to becoming Nevada’s governor in 2011, Sandoval served as federal judge, making him the first Latino to hold statewide elected office in the state.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the rumors on Wednesday, though he shed no light on their veracity. Instead, he reiterated the qualities he will be looking for in a nominee.

“The president’s focused on criteria that, frankly, is more important,” Earnest said, “and that is that individual’s qualifications, and their experience and their view of the law. That will take precedence over any sort of political consideration.”

BREAKING: Senate Just Defied Obama In HUGE Way With Massive Decision That’ll Have Him Furious

The Senate’s GOP leadership said Tuesday there will be no hearings or votes for a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia this year.

The announcement came following a closed-door meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell’s office with key leaders, including those on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Presidents have a right to nominate just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent,” McConnell said. “In this case, the Senate will withhold it.”

“We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment rather than a lame duck president,” Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid charged McConnell was taking his orders from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called on Republican leadership to “delay” moving on any Scalia replacements.

“That’s exactly what the Republican leader is doing: Delay, delay, delay,” Reid said. He angrily added that “333 days isn’t enough to do the work that we do ordinarily do in 67 days.”

So far, most of the Republican senators appear to be toeing the line, with the exceptions of moderate Sens. Mark Kirk from Illinois and Susan Collins from Maine, who have both stated there should be a vote on President Obama’s nominee.

As reported by Western Journalism, Reid stated in May 2005 that it is fully within the Senate’s prerogative not schedule a vote on presidential nominees. “The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has the duty to give a presidential nominee a vote,” he contended from the Senate floor.

In 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued that the Senate should not forward on Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process,” Biden contended. 

Both Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer voted to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination in 2005, and Schumer called on the Senate not to approve any of President George W. Bush’s possible nominees to the high court during his last 18 months in office, except under “extraordinary circumstances.”

h/t: Talking Points Memo