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Chuck Grassley Predicts Four Or Five Democrats Will Defect And Vote For Kavanaugh If Republicans Can Get 50

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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he expects the Senate to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with several Democrats defecting across party lines to support him.

Grassley, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, accused his Democratic counterparts of setting impossible standards for Kavanaugh and said past judges were not subjected to this type of scrutiny. He advised them to simply look at Kavanaugh’s record. (RELATED: MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ Approves Of Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court)

“[Kavanaugh’s] 12 years on the D.C. Circuit — 307 opinions he’s written and those opinions, according to [Senate Minority Leader Chuck] Schumer himself voiced it earlier this year … the best way to tell whether you ought to be on the Supreme Court is to look at the record you have as a district or circuit judge,” Grassley said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “And so with 307 opinions, if it’s good enough for [Supreme Court Justice Sonia] Sotomayor, it ought to be pretty good for Kavanaugh.”

Grassley also said Democrats should stop complaining about a lack of documents and make an educated decision based on Kavanaugh’s judicial opinions.

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“Complaining about a certain amount of documents not being available when this Kavanaugh record is all the papers we have on him is five times — no, I shouldn’t say five times — it’s equal to or more than all five Supreme Court nominees prior to him,” Grassley added. “So, we’ve got more documents on this person than anybody else in the history of the Supreme Court nominees.

Grassley claimed if 50 Republicans stick together and vote for Kavanaugh, he expects several Democrats to cross party lines and help get him over the hump.

“If we keep 50 Republicans together, so that they know that he’s going to be approved, then I think we’ll get four or five Democrats,” he concluded. “But I don’t think Schumer will let any Democrat make the 50th vote.”

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