Following a full day of emotional testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee is going ahead with plans to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Despite herculean efforts by Democrats to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination, culminating in a full day hearing focused on testimony from the judge and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, Republican senators said the Committee plans to vote Friday morning, according to the Associated Press.
The GOP panel would meet and “see where we are,” Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the second ranking-Republican, said Thursday following the hearing.
“There will be a vote tomorrow morning,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, who passionately defended Kavanaugh and blasted many of his colleagues, said.
CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted that Republicans are “prepared to roll dice” with the vote, though it is not yet clear if they will have the 50 votes needed to move ahead.
Senators emerging from meeting say plan is to vote Friday in committee and hold first procedural vote on floor on Kavanaugh nomination Saturday, teeing up confirmation vote next week. Important note: It’s not assured they have 50 votes yet but GOP leaders prepared to roll dice
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 28, 2018
Democrats seemingly stopped at nothing to smear Kavanaugh even before the hearing, and continued to aggressively confront him during his testimony Thursday. They have repeatedly called to postpone the vote, claiming Republicans are trying to ram the confirmation through without affording enough time for a proper investigation by the FBI.
Sen. Chris Coons requested a one week pause before a Committee vote, noting that women should be respected when they come forward with allegations of sexual harassment as Ford has done.
Statement from Delaware Democrat @ChrisCoons who requests one week pause before Committee vote. pic.twitter.com/49WeMI2bkS
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) September 27, 2018
Like his colleagues, the Delaware Democrat afforded no such respect to Kavanaugh who should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Despite the fact that Democrats, by way of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, sat on the allegations for weeks before making them known, they have continued to accuse the GOP leaders of trying to “rush” the confirmation vote.
Even after Kavanaugh staunchly and emotionally defended his name and reputation, Democrats have vowed to continue investigating him with threats to impeach him if he is confirmed. Threats against Kavanaugh and his family continue as the left fans the flames, as seen in a tweet from Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign.
If Senate GOP ignores Dr. Blasey Ford and tries to muscle an attempted rapist onto the Supreme Court:
1. They will pay dearly this November.
2. Senators up in 2020 (Collins, Gardner et al) will feel intense heat for next two years.
3. Kavanaugh will not serve for life.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 27, 2018
Though his remark is likely a veiled threat about impeachment, the gravity of the words raises red flags at a time when the nominee has been under relentless personal attack and even death threats against his family.
Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump, who has stood by his nominee, called for the committee to “take the vote” following Thursday’s hearing.
Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2018
Today, Senate Republicans conducted a hearing that was fair & respectful to Judge Kavanaugh & Dr. Ford. The same cannot be said of the Democrats. Based on today & his decades of service, I stand with Judge Kavanaugh – a person of integrity & impeccable credentials. Take the vote.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) September 27, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the Senate to “do justice” and said he will “proudly” vote for Kavanaugh.
My statement on Judge Brett Kavanaughhttps://t.co/w2eXz8GNr1
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 28, 2018
“The Senate and the nation heard two witnesses testify under oath to completely conflicting recollections. What we did not hear was any evidence whatsoever to bolster the allegation made against Judge Kavanaugh,”McConnell said in a statement released Thursday.
The Kentucky Republican called testimony from both Ford and Kavanaugh “heartfelt” but slammed “my Democratic colleagues, who willfully chose to turn a sensitive allegation into a political and media circus.”
“No evidence corroborates Dr. Ford’s allegation. No evidence was presented today to back it up. And all existing evidence refutes it,” McConnell continued. “And justice dictates that totally uncorroborated allegations of 30-plus-year-old misconduct – denied by the nominee, contradicted by all extant evidence, and wholly at odds with a life-long reputation – are nowhere near sufficient grounds to demolish a citizen’s good name and nullify a sterling career of dedicated public service. It would be a great injustice, and a grave mistake, to set such a precedent.”
Delaying a vote based on “uncorroborated allegations which have been weaponized by others ” would be “imprudent, unfair, and unjust,” the lawmaker added. “We cannot set the bar so low.”
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