Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed Democrats for bringing forward a 36-year-old accusation of misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on the Senate floor Monday.
“But now, now, at the 11th hour, with committee votes on schedule, after Democrats have spent weeks and weeks searching for any possible reason that the nomination should be delayed, now, now they choose to reveal this allegation,” McConnell said. “Now, an accusation of 36-year-old misconduct, dating back to high school, has been brought forward at the last minute, in an irregular manner.”
McConnell’s comments come as he has continued to defend Kavanaugh, but has not publicly commented on the sexual misconduct allegations that came to light Thursday. (RELATED: Mitch McConnell Is Ready To Play Hardball To Get Kavanaugh Confirmed)
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“It is an accusation, which the ranking member of the committee of jurisdiction has known about for at least six weeks — known about for six weeks, yet chose to keep secret until the 11th hour,” McConnell said, referencing Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California for not releasing the accusation until now.
McConnell and a majority of Republicans hope to get Kavanaugh’s nomination advanced Thursday, although, these accusations will likely slow down the process.
Kavanaugh and his accuser have both said they are willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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