McConnell talks to AP about border wall funding

Frederick Owens
October 11, 2018

McConnell says 'It worked exactly the opposite. "We're committed to helping the president try to get the wall funding".

McConnell added that "this business of presidential harassment may or may not quite be the victor they think it is". As he was sworn in Monday night at the White House, after an ugly, contentious Senate confirmation process in which he battled allegations of sexually assaulting women, Kavanaugh, 53, vowed to serve the country - not one political party or another. "We've always had that", though in general "it clearly is wider than it used to be".

"Seriously, Hillary?" was the reaction of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded past year when a shooter - who was a registered Democrat - targeted a Congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia.

The all-male line-up on the Republican side drew attention during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual misconduct in high school and college. Kavanagh adamantly denied the allegations.

He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation.

Beside the gender gap, McConnell says Republicans "also had an enthusiasm gap".

No concrete evidence was produced to back up the searing accusations, which Republicans described as a dirty tricks campaign.

Kavanaugh thanked some of the senators key to his confirmation, including Maine Republican Susan Collins and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, who sealed the bare majority needed to confirm him. Fifty-six percent (56%) are angry about how the Senate treated Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, including 35% who are Very Angry.

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This came after the ME senator met with sexual assault survivors who described their own harrowing experiences with violence. Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied Swetnick's allegations.

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That appears to indicate the Garland rationale wouldn't apply if a Republican president has a Republican Senate majority. Trump stood behind Kavanaugh throughout his the accusations, for the most part. "Big day for America!" he tweeted.

The president - whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress - predicted that Democrats would pay for their attempts to block the confirmation, especially during the lurid debate over decades-old sexual assault allegations.

But McConnell emphasized Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press he hasn't criticized Feinstein's handling of the matter. McConnell said that the tactics failed to sway Senate Republicans.

A handful of protesters rallied outside the court in opposition to the conservative justice, who was confirmed on Saturday by the Senate by a razor-thin margin after weeks of partisan rancor.

While the president certainly bashed the senator for her vote, some of her colleagues in the Republican Party have said that Murkowski, like any other senator, had the right to believe - and vote - the way she chooses.

McConnell said he doesn't agree and pointed to the fact that Murkowski had won re-election as a write-in candidate in 2010. She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska.

"From all the reporting and the sourcing that I'm getting, this is a moment in history where Brett Kavanaugh could actually ... may lose this nomination, may lose the confirmation ..."

Kavanaugh, a veteran of such proceedings after 12 years on an influential US appeals court, looked at ease as he asked several questions during two hours of lively oral arguments involving a federal sentencing law for repeat offenders.

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