After the GOP Senate’s weekly lunch, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a brief, but meaningful, statement to the cameras regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
We’ll get an FBI report soon. It’ll be made available to each Senator, and only Senators will be allowed to look at it. And that’s the way these reports are always handled, the background checks from the FBI to the Judiciary Committee, and we’ll be voting this week.
So, the FBI report will be finished, and we’ll be voting this week on the Kavanaugh nomination.
So, it looks like DiFi will get her way about the report being private. As McConnell stepped away, Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn was a little (okay, a lot) more pointed in his comments (emphasis added):
“So the request last Friday was for seven days, up to seven days, for an additional supplemental background investigation by the FBI. And, as the Majority Leader has said, we will get that. But now you’re starting to hear new arguments being made since they’ve realized that everything the witnesses have told the Judiciary Committee under oath, under penalty of felony, they’re likely to tell the FBI the same thing. That would make sense to me. But now they want to focus on Judge Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook. Give me a break. That just shows the type of desperation the other side has to not only deny the nominee a fair and dignified confirmation process, but to turn this into a three-ring circus.
“And now we’re talking about throwing ice on somebody when you’re in college as disqualifying you from a seat on the United States Supreme Court? This has not been about a search for the truth. This has been about search and destroy (absolutely their intent); in the process, setting a precedent we will regret for the rest of our lives where an unproven allegation is enough to deny somebody confirmation in the United States Senate. And, in fact, as Rachel Mitchell pointed out, the confirmation was all in favor of Judge Kavanaugh’s position, that what was alleged never happened.
“So this is about whether we’re going to have a presumption of innocence, due process of law, fairness, listen to both sides, and that’s what happened so far, but in a way it never should have turned out into the spectacle that it has, primarily because the ranking member (that’s you, Feinstein) sat on the allegation of July 30th, creating the circumstance we have now (after your staffers leaked it).
“I support what the Majority Leader has called for, which is a vote this week, after we get the supplemental background investigation.”
It looks like Mitch has a little pep in his bran flakes, and that Cornyn and Graham will be there to back him up – or prop him up if necessary. Knowing what we now know about the elevator incident, the GOP needs to make sure that Collins, Murkowski, and Flake are not allowed anywhere near an area that such a stunt can happen again.