McConnell takes key step toward Kavanaugh vote

04 October, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Sen. Flake This is ripping our country apart

Three senators whose swing votes will be pivotal to the confirmation of the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rebuked President Trump yesterday after he mocked one of the women who has accused the judge of sexual assault.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced, "There'll be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote".

"It is troubling that the committee majority has characterized information from Judge Kavanaugh's confidential background investigation on Twitter, as that information is confidential and not subject to public release, " Democrats, led by Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of IL, wrote to the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley.

Sen. Susan Collins is one of three Republicans still on the fence about Judge Kavanaugh.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME told reporters that Trump's lampooning of Ford at a Tuesday night MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen.

"Well, do you think it was - nope, it was one beer", President Trump said, mimicking Ford's testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Deborah Ramirez, who alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party, was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but she told the New Yorker: "People who were key to corroborating my story have not been contacted..."

Allegations of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was in high school and college have rocked US President Donald Trump's effort to put the conservative appeals court judge on the high court.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, Mr. McConnell said to the almost empty chamber.

Even Trump ally Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine: "I would tell him, knock it off".


Disquiet about the President's intervention was not limited to those Republican senators who are undecided about Kavanaugh. The group says in a statement that at last week's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he showed "extreme partisan bias", demonstrating he lacks the temperament to join the high court. According to Kavanaugh's 1982 calendar, he hosted a party that included several people that Ford identified as being present on the night she was assaulted.

"And a man's life is in tatters".

President Donald Trump has defended his nominee and criticized the way the nomination has proceeded.

Democrats argued that the investigation has been insufficient, lacking interviews with her, with Kavanaugh and others who his accusers have said could know about the alleged incidents.

Democrats argue Republicans have been rushing to confirm him.

"The woman has been accommodated by all of us, including Senate Judiciary Committee", Conway told reporters. "Though we appreciated the agents who responded on Sunday, we have great concern that the FBI is not conducting-or not being permitted to conduct-a serious investigation", Clune said Tuesday.

Julie Swetnick, who implicated Kavanaugh in a pattern of sexual assaults, was also not interviewed. "I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions".

"While we are limited in what we can say about this background investigation in a public setting, we are compelled to state for the record that there is information [in the tweet] that is not accurate", the Democrats wrote in their letter, without providing details.

"Every single word Mr Kavanaugh has said has been picked apart ... yet if anybody says anything about the accusations that have been thrown against him, that's totally off limits and outrageous".

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