With emotions running high, dozens of protesters were removed from the US Capitol Monday for unlawfully demonstrating against the judge's confirmation. "I believe he'll be confirmed". More people say they are likely to vote for someone who opposes Kavanaugh's nomination than supports it by a 37-to-32-percent margin.
His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago.
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"There's no reason to delay this more, unless something new comes out of the hearing on Thursday", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.
Meanwhile, McConnell continued to blame Democrats Tuesday morning for how they've handled the confirmation process and defended Kavanaugh against the allegations. "It didn't happen, he said". Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor, says he assaulted her years ago at a suburban Maryland high school party.
At least four Republican senators, including two women who have been outspoken against sexual abuse, have withheld judgment, acknowledging the potential validity of Blasey Ford's allegation despite the amount of time that has passed and the paucity of hard evidence.
During the interview, Kavanaugh denied sexually assaulting anyone. It is not clear whether Ford will show up to testify, however.
Trump had initially been uncharacteristically restrained in his comments on the matter, but has since taken to attacking the women's credibility and accusing them of being part of a Democratic plot to block Kavanaugh's confirmation. Earlier this month, Democrats held a 12-point lead over Republicans on the "generic congressional ballot question", which asks respondents if they would rather vote for a Democrat or a Republican congressional candidate.
"Labeling this a partisan smear job demeans not only the senators in my caucus", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.
"The Democrats in the Senate have had one goal since the beginning of this process, and that is to sink Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", said Sen.
Ramirez says she grew up as a devout Catholic and that what happened to her in college was shocking.
"We need to be able to listen", Murkowski said of Ford's accusations. Now Republicans don't even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote.
Republicans said they were determined to push the nomination through the narrowly-divided Senate as soon as a possible, rejecting Democratic calls to freeze the process to let the FBI investigate all of the allegations.
Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell would be brought in to handle questioning of Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford.
Bromwich also wrote that using outside counsel to perform questioning on the senators' behalf would go against Ford's "repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning". She also said she was uncertain of some details.