The NBC affiliate in Lexington reported this statement — issued about 18 hours ago – from McConnell on Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee:
The Senate and the nation heard two witnesses testify under oath to completely conflicting recollections. What we did not hear was any evidence whatsoever to bolster the allegation made against Judge Kavanaugh.
“All three of the individuals whom Dr. Ford has named as supposed eyewitnesses have made statements to the Senate under penalty of felony. None of them corroborate her account. To the contrary, they refute it. They have stated under penalty of perjury that they have ‘no recollection,’ ‘no knowledge,’ or ‘no memory’ of the alleged incident. Two of them said they have never seen Judge Kavanaugh do anything like what has been alleged. One of them, Dr. Ford’s personal friend, even states that she ‘does not know’ Judge Kavanaugh.
“No evidence corroborates Dr. Ford’s allegation. No evidence was presented today to back it up. And all existing evidence refutes it.
That is the lie that Republicans are pushing. If you say you have “no recollection” or “no knowledge” of an alleged incident, it supposedly REFUTES an allegation. I saw this BS being pushed by another Kavanaugh ally — Sarah Fagan — on MSNBC today. Jonathon Alter had to smack that lie down.
“It would be imprudent, unfair, and unjust to delay proceedings even further on the basis of uncorroborated allegations which have been weaponized by others at the last minute for political purposes.
“I am glad Chairman Grassley has scheduled a committee vote for tomorrow. I will be proud to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh when the full Senate votes on his nomination in the coming days.”
Then Friday rolls around, and…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has accepted a surprising last-minute offer by a fellow Republican to delay the vote on federal judge Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination.
Uh oh. We are being imprudent, unfair, and unjust now.
McConnell did not respond directly to questions about Flake’s proposal, but a spokesman for the Kentucky senator pointed the Courier Journal to a statement from the Senate Judiciary Committee that says it will ask the Trump administration to instruct the FBI to conduct an additional background investigation.
The FBI “would be limited to current credible allegations against the nominee,” according to the email. It does not define credible accusations. The investigation also must be completed no later than one week from today, according to the statement.
Yep. Definitely unfair now because…
The evidence that has been produced either fails — fails — to corroborate these accusations, or in fact supports Judge Kavanaugh’s unequivocal denial,” he told the Senate
McConnell is going to stick with that lie for now. But in case you think that McConnell is going to take the fall if Kavanaugh’s nomination to the SCOTUS somehow fails, you got another think coming.
McConnell had reportedly told the White House over the summer how few votes the GOP could spare in replacing retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
McConnell had urged President Trump to not select Kavanaugh, according to the New York Times, due to his lengthy paper trail as staff secretary under former President George W. Bush and as an assistant for the independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton.
McConnell: I told you. I told you. But you wouldn’t listen! And in case you forgot Mr. Dumbo Trump:
In July, McConnell praised Kentuckian Amul Thapar, a judge on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an interview with the Courier Journal, providing possible insight into one of his preferred choices.
“He’s very sharp,” McConnell said at the time. “But the competition at this level is pretty intense. I think the president will make a very high-quality appointment.”
I had a perfectly good candidate who doesn’t try to rape women, but noooooooooo. You had to pick a guy who was going to give you a “get out of jail free” card instead.
This was a bad enough development that WLKY TV News in Louisville actually reported this as part of the local news. Given that the local news in Louisville spends most of it time reporting crimes and sports, this was surprising. No direct mention of McConnell though.
The good news for McConnell is that Trump is such an illiterate ignoramas that he will never know that McConnell is trashing him to a Kentucky news outlet.
Fifty year old progressive who is a little grumpy after more than 30 years of conservative dominance of the political system. We need to hamstring conservatives and devour their entrails.