A shameful, shameful smear campaign’ to ‘destroy a man’s personal and professional life’: Mitch McConnell savages Democrats over Kavanaugh as he vows there WILL be a Senate vote
Senate majority leader says Brett Kavanaugh will get an up-or-down vote
Kavanaugh is President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Judiciary Committee would typically have to ‘favorably report’ a nominee first
Mitch McConnell vowed to call the roll among all 100 senators no matter what
Two women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of past sexual assault
The claims date back more than 30 years, and he has flatly denied everything
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that all 100 senators will soon vote on President Donald Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, no matter what results from a closely watched Judiciary Committee set for Thursday.
‘Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor. Up or down on the Senate floor,’ an indignant McConnell said in a fiery speech.
‘This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future,’ he pledged.
Kavanaugh engaged in 31 hours of committee confirmation hearings. But two women have since leveled allegations of sexual assaults that they say happened more than 30 years ago, derailing his confirmation process.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will get an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor no matter what the Judiciary Committee does
Kavanaugh is facing two public claims of sexual misconduct dating back to his high school and college years; he has flatly denied everything, and both the White House and Republicans in Congress have backed him
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were at Yale University.
Ford says a drunken teenage Kavanaugh once pinned her to a bed in a locked room, covered her mouth,groped her through a swimsuit and tried to take off her clothes – until one of his friends intervened.
Ramirez says she believes Kavanaugh once dropped his pants in front of her during a college party drinking-game, waving his genitals in her face and causing her to touch it. She concedes that her memories are fuzzy and that she had been drinking heavily.
At the Capitol, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch scoffed.
‘It’s amazing to me that these allegations come out of nowhere at the last minute, and that they weren’t brought up earlier in this process’ he told reporters.
‘And it’s not untypical for our friends on the other side to pull that kind of crap,’ Hath said.
President Trump said in New York that ‘in my opinion, it’s totally political.’
Later in the day he scolded, finger in the air, that Kavanaugh’s ‘family has suffered. What’s going on is not something that should happen.’
McConnell said ‘left wing interests’ have been ‘aided and abetted’ by Democratic senators in a bid to squash Kavanaugh’s hope of sitting on America’s highest court.
He said their goal was to obstruct and ‘destroy a man’s personal and professional life,’ and called the rvelations part of an ‘orchestrated, last-minute hit on the nominee.’
‘This shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low,’ he said, claiming that ‘Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.’
The Senate Judiciary Committee is typically expected to ‘favorably report’ judicial nominees to the full Senate; that requires a majority of the Republican-controlled panel to give a thumbs-up.
But that’s mere tradition, not a law or even a hard-and-fast rule. The majority leader has the power to put any nominee’s vote on the floor at any time, provided he gives the other 99 lawmakers appropriate notice and at least 30 hours of debate time.
Knowing that the committee’s actions are now a formality with no real consequences could free some centrist Republicans to vote ‘no’ in the committee and ‘yes’ in the final roll call.
All eyes are still on Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, all Republicans who are looking for safe political ground.
None of them is standing for re-election in November. Collins’ next contest will be in 2020, Murkowski’s in 2022. Flake is retiring in January.
A reporter and a lawyer for the porn star and presidential accuser Stormy Daniels hinted Monday at possible new cases of sexual misconduct, but no evidence has been made public.
Meanwhile, a flurry of letters crisscrossed Capitol Hill as Kavanaugh and Ford jockeyed for position in advance of a hearing on Thursday.
‘There is now a frenzy to come up with something – anything – that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring,’ Kavanaugh said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican. ‘These are smears, pure and simple.’
In his most lengthy statement on the allegations to date, he called them examples of ‘grotesque and obvious character assassination.’
But ‘[t]he coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out,’ he said. ‘The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.’
Ford wrote to Grassley that ‘Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions, while many years ago, were serious and have had a lasting impact on my life.’
‘While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying,’ she said.
When Grassley responded to Ford in writing, he complained that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s ranking Democrat, had kept him in the dark about her claims for nearly seven weeks.