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Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

Grassley said that's only fair given the Senate declined to consider Barack Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms
Gustavo Carr | 12 October, 2018, 02:18

Only six of the 51 Republicans in the Senate are women.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) addressed former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remarks on CNN about civility between protestors and government officials.

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

"I think that's premature", Senator Christopher A. Coons, a member of the Senate judiciary committee, said on NBC's Meet the Press.

But in the historically red state of North Dakota, Heitkamp's strong stand against the confirmation of the conservative judge could jeopardize her ability to hold onto her Senate seat after next month's midterms. Kavanaugh denied all allegation and after the FBI investigated the claims, investigators found no corroborating evidence.

"Only one side was happy to play host to this toxic fringe behavior", McConnell said. After her vote Collins spoke on Sunday news shows saying she believed Ford was indeed assaulted but that Kavanaugh was not the one. Voters largely took partisan sides on Kavanaugh, who garnered the endorsement of self-identified "very conservative" residents (75 percent support) and opposition among "very liberal" voters (90 percent).

The Kentucky Republican said during the same interview that "nobody is going to beat" Murkowski in her home state of Alaska and that he is "proud" she is part of the Senate Republican conference.

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

McConnell responded, "I'm not changing anything". And second, Donald Trump, isn't he the guy who has everyone chanting "lock her up" 'lock her up?' Oh boy! Feinstein has denied that she or her staff released the private letter.

"There were protesters in the Capitol who were making their voices heard, which is protected by the U.S. Constitution and something Republicans do all the time".

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"People think of us as a blue state even though we are a deeply divided state", said Cornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy at Washington State University.

"As of the last week or so the hottest issue in our races has begun to Kavanaugh nomination", McConnell said, even outpacing tax reform, which the top Senate leader listed as a major legislative accomplishment. Democracy isn't always easy, but voting is.

"Far be it from me to complain about obstruction, I've done my share of it".

He said, "I'm just reminding you what the history has been". Ted Cruz in Texas over Democrat Beto O'Rourke and how Republicans keep enthusiasm up through election day.

There's been speculation that Grassley might hand the gavel over to South Carolina Republican Sen.

"I'm not going to make that decision until November 7", Grassley told Hewitt about committee chairmanship.

He also said he had little information about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but hopes it wraps up soon.

"I think the process itself does not detract from the collegiality that we ought to have", he told Iowa reporters Wednesday. "On the other hand, there are parts of the country where you have competitive districts, you're going to see a high turnout among Democrats".

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

"Since [Kavanaugh] used the excuse that he was drunk and he was at a party-I do think that this will make people also be inclined to use that excuse". He had three earlier convictions, and prosecutors argued that they required a much longer sentence than the one the gun charge would ordinarily have warranted.