Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Grassley says Judiciary Committee wouldn't consider Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Donald Trump’s Swearing-In Ceremony Of Brett Kavanaugh Trump: Kavanaugh sex assault claims were 'all made up'
| 12 October, 2018, 04:30

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace during an interview at the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

McConnell described protesters "literally storming the steps of the Capitol and the Supreme Court", confronting Republicans at restaurants and shouting from the Senate visitors' galleries during last week's debate and vote on Kavanaugh. Appointed by President Donald Trump, Kavanaugh's confirmation cemented a conservative majority on the court that could last for years. An effort clearly to try and intimidate us.

"The Kavanaugh hearings had a dramatically positive effect for Republicans", Tyler said. Republicans also picked up six seats in the Senate.

"It's a great frustration", he said.

People familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity say the allegations had already been widely discussed in the Senate and in the public realm. On one side, democrats demanded for Kavanaugh to be denied.

McConnell said he's hoping to persuade more Republican women to join the committee but hasn't had much success in the past because "they just haven't been interested".

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

"There is nothing that a judicial council could do at this point", said Arthur Hellman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh and expert on the operation of federal courts.

"So if you liked the victory of 2016, get behind Trump and vote for a Republican", he said. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. Trump drew fresh ire last week when he ridiculed Christine Blasey Ford, the first of Kavanaugh's three women accusers.


In a video purportedly shot at a recent campaign event in Georgia, Holder says, "When they go low, we kick them", paraphrasing former first lady Michelle Obama, who famously said during the 2016 campaign, "When they go low, we go high".

But he later questioned her credibility and mocked her at a rally.

McConnell defended fellow Republican Sen. I think of these red states where Democrats had shown some promise like Tennessee and Texas.

At Monday's East Room ceremony, Trump again invoked the rhetoric Republicans are using to frame the whole episode: Kavanaugh, Trump said, had been "proven innocent", even though critics say the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion. Dianne Feinstein, the 85-year-old California Democrat, deliberately sat on a letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford for almost two months.

The Quinnipiac poll follows a Gallup survey that showed Republicans' enthusiasm five weeks before the midterm elections was rising fast, putting them neck and neck with Democrats, who held a big margin just weeks ago. Republicans said at the time that the Senate should wait until a new president was elected to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Nearly immediately after the Senate vote, Democrats felt the chill from faraway North Dakota.

"Far be it from me to complain about obstruction, I've done my share of it". Republicans Lindsey Graham of SC and John Cornyn of Texas have been among those mentioned.

"If a male student says "I am anxious I am going to be accused of sexual assault because I've heard other people being accused of sexual assault"... their worry is not 'Do I know people who have been assaulted?' ... But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength", Clinton said.

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