Trump says Republicans should have pushed through Kavanaugh sooner

Charlene Craig
September 26, 2018

On Tuesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), who sat on Ford's allegations until after the Kavanaugh hearings were done, sought to further delay the hearing because another woman - Kavanaugh's classmate from Yale - told The New Yorker he may have inappropriately exposed himself to her at a college party. But the polling shows "a lot of people say that this is going to impact their vote for Congress". "I'm confident we're going to win", McConnell told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "I believe he'll be confirmed".

"I don't think any Republican doubts he's qualified". 'And then I look forward to an up-or-down vote on this nomination right here on the Senate floor'.

The tension began as soon as the allegations emerged.

Still, Democrats used the optics of the move to highlight their belief that Republicans weren't giving Christine Blasey Ford a fair hearing and intend to push the process ahead regardless.

Ford's accusations prompted a second woman to come forward with an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior against Kavanaugh. They hurled insults at Democrats and implied that opponents had crafted a grand scheme to torpedo the nominee.

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Ramirez's attorney, John Clune, said that Republican members of the Judiciary Committee were no-shows for a scheduled phone call on Tuesday. A second woman accused Kavanaugh of another assault dating to his first year at Yale University.

Kavanaugh is supposed to testify after Ford.

Trump added that the allegations, which are more than 30 years old, were "totally unsubstantiated", and he warned that it would be a bad precedent for the United States Senate to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. GOP lawmakers have not accused her of lying or questioned her motives.

And asked Tuesday whether he could envision any scenario in which the White House withdraws Kavanaugh's nomination, deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on MSNBC: "Absolutely not".

"It was drunk teenagers playing seven minutes of heaven", tweeted Fox News columnist Stephen Miller.

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Sanders also appeared in an interview on Fox News and blamed Democrats for how they've handled Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge in Washington DC, flatly denies the accusations. "Here's Mitch McConnell - an assistant, really".

President Trump saw his approval rating go up 3 points to 42 percent from a Marist poll conducted earlier this month, just after Sen. 'Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial.

Mr Trump has a second opportunity to shape the Supreme Court with his nomination of Mr Kavanaugh to replace the departing Anthony Kennedy.

Those hearings are now widely considered a case study in how not to treat a victim. Schumer asked. "Does that sound like someone who wants to get the real facts no matter where they fall?" On the contrary: They simply make the Senate seem woefully out of touch.

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McConnell's strategy is more straightforward, and it leaves little room for additional investigation: "We have two people here who have a different version of what has happened". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sat on the allegations for more than a month, then redacted part of the documentation - in such a way that, Gavin said, seemed created to help her cause politically.

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