Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got emotional during a speech supportive of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the Senate floor Thursday.
A few hours after the FBI delivered the results of its background investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh to senators, McConnell slammed Democrats for their opposition to the judge.
McConnell also promised the American people that the Senate would not be “intimidated” by the scores of protesters who have confronted and harassed Republicans at airports, in bathrooms, and elsewhere. (RELATED: Protesters Shout Down David Perdue While He’s In The Bathroom, He Fires Back)
“This process has been ruled by fear and anger and underhanded gamesmanship for too long,” McConnell said. “It’s time for us to stand up to this kind of thing. We owe it to the American people not to be intimidated by these tactics.”
“We owe it to the American people to underscore that you’re innocent until proven guilty,” he continued. “It’s the Senate that’s on trial here, Mr. President. What kind of image will we convey to the public?”
Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley said earlier on Thursday that there is “nothing” in the FBI’s report that changes his calculus on Kavanaugh.
“There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know,” Grassley said. “It’s time to vote. I’ll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”