McConnell destroys Dems’ latest Kavanaugh delay strategy in just two short sentences

· October 4, 2018  
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Senate Democrats want to delay the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is having absolutely none of it.

“What we know for sure is that the FBI report did not corroborate any of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh,” McConnell told reporters at the start of a televised press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday afternoon. “The second thing we know for sure is that there’s no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats.”

He then turned the microphone over to his fellow Republicans.

See, now that the FBI has concluded its supplemental background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, Democratic senators who were already opposed say that they’re not satisfied with it.

Earlier that day, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., along with several Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee all responded to the FBI’s findings Thursday by saying that the scope of the probe into the sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee was not up to their liking.

See, the talking point now isn’t that there’s any corroborating evidence against Kavanaugh in the report, but that the FBI needs to spend more time and resources to interview more people.

For example, when asked point-blank about whether the document contained anything to implicate the nominee, Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii,deflected, saying, “This is not a comprehensive FBI investigation on which we can draw conclusions.”

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., merely said that the content of the 46-page report “raises more questions” and that it gives an “unacceptable understanding” of what actually happened.

Expanding the FBI probe to meet these demands this late in the game would mean yet another delay beyond the weeklong pause that was spearheaded last Friday by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Meanwhile, multiple Republicans have said that the document contains no evidence against Kavanaugh.

Naturally, this all comes after multiple Democrats claimed that a supplemental probe wouldn’t take that long, if allowed. Now that brevity has become a widely used talking point against the findings of the short probe they previously called for.

But of course, those skeptical (to be charitable) of Democratic aims in this confirmation process predicted this outcome the same day that the vote was postponed last week:

Of course, barring yet another twist in what Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., has called an “intergalactic freak show,” the calls will likely prove fruitless. The Senate is all set to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation this Saturday, with no further delay.


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Author: Nate Madden

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