Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice

His nomination had appeared safe until Ford last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.

The Kentucky Republican also said the "intimidation" campaign by liberal activists, encouraged by some Democratic lawmakers, during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh exposed Democrats as the "culprits" of a coarsening of politics.

As the 2018 midterms approached, pundits and polls suggested Democrats would turn the election into a referendum on President Trump.

She said: "It saddens me because our judicial system has been viewed as one of the main pillars of our constitutional government".

"To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely hard and often hostile circumstances, we really can't thank them enough", he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor.

"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace", he said.

At the time, Republicans did not focus their arguments on the party that controls the Senate as they took the unprecedented move to deny Garland any hearings or votes, instead pointing to the proximity to the elections.

The victory is a boon for Republicans who are looking to hold on to majorities in the house and Senate.

"The public got mad at us and felt sympathy for President Clinton", he said.

Questioned if the Senate leader should play a bigger role pushing back against Trump's more combative rhetoric on minorities and other groups at a time of steep polarization, McConnell dismissed the need for such interventions. Forty-eight percent of Democrats were "very angry" about the way the Senate treated Ford, while 28 percent of Republican voters and 30 percent of unaffiliated voters agreed. "I speak up when I think it's necessary". Lindsey Graham of SC - who has said the Senate would wait for the presidential election to take place before filling another opening on the bench.

McConnell added that "this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is".

In an interview with Fox News Channel's Martha McCallum, Grassley was asked whether he believes the Senate should take up a hypothetical Supreme Court nomination during 2020, when President Donald Trump will be up for reelection.

He called the dearth of women Republican candidates winning elections "a great frustration" and said those in the Senate now "just haven't been interested" in serving on the panel that confirms judges and justices.

Democrats lead in the new survey of likely voters by 54 percent to 41 percent, a 13-point edge. "It is not a partisan or political institution", he said. He noted that Murkowski won election on write-in votes in 2010 and said, "She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska".

She added: "Republicans are saying, 'We want to see results in Washington".

Murkowski bucked her party and voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination. Among those to receive backlash over their Kavanaugh vote was Sen.

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