Key GOP US senator concerned about Brett Kavanaugh's 'partisan' tone
Oct 03 2018
A Harvard/Harris poll released Tuesday shows that while many Americans believe Kavanaugh shouldn't be confirmed before the Federal Bureau of Investigation concludes its seventh background check on the embattled judge, if the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe comes up empty, most Americans would like to see the Kavanaugh affair over and over quickly.
Just as the perjury case against President Clinton hinged on the definition of the word "is", the leftist campaign to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh as a lying, ice-throwing hothead could depend on how you define "boof".
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democrats' leader from NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the Judiciary Committee hearing last week. "But now you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump said. That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.
Schumer has made a request to McConnell that all senators be briefed on the FBI's findings at least 24 hours before a Senate vote to end debate on the nomination.
Responding to those concerns, Trump said at a press conference he wants the FBI to do a "comprehensive" investigation and "it wouldn't bother me at all" if agents pursued accusations made by the three women.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, declined on Monday afternoon to provide more detail on what the FBI's investigation can cover. I don't remember. How did you get there?
Mr Trump's Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.
"If Kavanaugh lied, it's bad...unacceptable", Donald Trump said - and that's a long way from his unequivocal support for the nominee a few weeks ago.
The nomination has become a politically explosive issue just weeks before November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake.
CNN was told that on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed the White House that Republican Sens. Some Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation would alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.
Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, tried to link the allegations against Kavanaugh to what he said was a broader problem.
But the senators whose votes hold the key to confirmation wanted the White House to know they expect those interviews to be a start, not necessarily the full extent of the investigation.
"Next, Democrats said the process should be delayed because too few documents were available from Judge Kavanaugh's past public service".
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley and gubernatorial hopeful Jay Gonzalez will all speak at the rally organized by NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, to push Flake, who's headlining the Forbes "30 Under 30" event at the location, to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. "I can't say, because I don't know what the investigation will say".
Meanwhile, NBC News was hit with pushback after suggesting in a Monday report that Judge Kavanaugh lied when he said he didn't learn of Deborah Ramirez's allegation that he exposed himself to her at Yale until The New Yorker report. Judge has previously denied any memory of such an incident.
Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and placed his hand over her mouth to silence her when both were teenagers in Maryland in the early 1980s.
Donald Trump has joked he would be a "mess" if he indulged in alcohol. Democrats are pressing the investigators to expand their list of witness interviews but have agreed with the timeline.