Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder

Ebony Scott
October 11, 2018

But he didn't say that was such great news. "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be", he said with his wife and children standing nearby.

Republicans said Democrats harnessed the accusation in a partisan attempt to sink the nomination.

"This was just basically sending as strong a signal as we could as candidates to the members who are now in to say that we need to take on these issues upon the new Congress coming in", Ms. Slotkin said. He denied the claims vigorously, and no corrobroating evidence was ever produced to support the allegations. The public was not as supportive as Republicans had hoped.

In September, Christine Blasey Ford alleged in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee that, when she was 15 and he was 17, Kavanaugh held her down and attempted to rape her in a bedroom at a party while covering her mouth to stop her from screaming.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a fellow moderate who joined Collins previous year to help defeat the GOP Senate's Obamacare overhaul bill, voted with Republicans. Trump has said Alaskans will make her pay. Lisa Murkowski for voting against Brett Kavanaugh.

The GOP leader also split from Trump to defend Democratic Sen.

The public nature of a case previous year involving former 9th Circuit judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual misconduct, was unusual.

"I haven't criticized Dianne", McConnell said.

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Ford had asked for confidentiality in a letter to Feinstein.

However, McConnell has been highly critical of what he calls the "mob" of protesters who swarmed the Capitol confronting senators over the Kavanaugh vote. Democrats maintain that even a failed vote will help them bring the issue of pre-existing conditions to the fore ahead of next month's elections. He referenced Republicans' attempts to take down former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s with a Republican-controlled house. The government has estimated those people number from 50 million to 130 million, making them a potent political talking point for Democrats.

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

The ethics complaints were filed against Kavanaugh when he was still a sitting federal judge which made him subject to conduct rules which are ultimately overseen by Roberts himself.

She said: "It's sad to see that organisations and foundations I want to partner with choose not to because of the administration". John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican, told The Washington Times.

McConnell wouldn't say whether the Senate would insist that Sessions' replacement would protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

McConnell disagreed with President Donald Trump's prediction that she will "never recover" from her vote, demonstrating once again that as the leader of a supposed conservative Republican party, he is out of step with rank-and-file conservatives.

"It's not my job to do a routine sort of daily critique of the president's observations", he said.

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