President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN’s Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading ‘idiotic’ conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be ‘phenomenal’ president MORE on Tuesday night time mentioned he hopes voters are taking note of the Democratic “playbook” amid the tumultuous nomination course of for his Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which has just lately been stricken by sexual assault allegations.
“The Supreme Court docket is without doubt one of the essential causes I bought elected President. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching, and learning, the Democrats Playbook,” Trump tweeted.
The Supreme Court docket is without doubt one of the essential causes I bought elected President. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching, and learning, the Democrats Playbook.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2018
Senate Republicans have been decided to get Kavanaugh confirmed earlier than the November midterm elections, the place Democrats are hoping to journey out a “blue wave” and retake each chambers of Congress.
However Kavanaugh’s affirmation, which till just lately was seen as a digital given, was thrown into doubt after Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDem rep who met with Kavanaugh accuser: ‘She wanted her truth to come out’ Murkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC MORE (D-Calif.) mentioned she had despatched a secret letter relating to Kavanaugh to the FBI. Amid media experiences that the letter contained allegations in opposition to Kavanaugh, a California professor named Christine Blasey Ford went public to accuse the nominee of sexually assaulting her at a celebration within the 1980s.
The general public allegations led to calls from members of each events to delay Kavanaugh’s affirmation listening to, which was initially supposed for Thursday. A brand new public listening to, wherein each Kavanaugh and Ford had been invited to testify, was scheduled for subsequent week.
However a brand new wrinkle within the proceedings emerged on Tuesday night when Ford’s attorneys despatched a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyWife of ‘Glow’ director writes ‘Stop Kavanaugh’ on her arm for Emmy Awards Grassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt Murkowski echoes calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify MORE (R-Iowa) asking that the testimony be delayed till the FBI performed an investigation into the allegations. The request was rapidly shot down by Grassley.
Republicans have been crucial of the best way Feinstein and different Democrats have dealt with the allegations, with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCriticizing Trump’s ‘unsung success’ in Puerto Rico is valid — empty rhetoric is not Biden: Delay Kavanaugh vote to give accuser a fair, respectful hearing Ken Starr says ‘I trust Brett Kavanaugh’ over allegations that are ‘so wildly out of character’ MORE (R-S.C.) likening their ways to a “drive-by taking pictures.” Trump earlier on Tuesday expressed sympathy for Kavanaugh, saying he felt “badly for him.”
The nomination of Kavanaugh, which adopted the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring, drew swift criticism from members of the left, who argue the choose poses a risk to ladies’s reproductive rights.
Conservatives, alternatively, have been largely supportive of Kavanaugh, in addition to Trump’s different judicial nominations. Senate Republicans have been confirming Trump’s courtroom picks at a document tempo, as conservatives search to reshape the nation’s judiciary.