Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh “will be confirmed” later “this week,” potentially with a “bipartisan majority” despite last-minute sexual assault allegations, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) predicted Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court later this week. It’ll be a majority. I hope that it’s a bipartisan majority,” Cotton (shown above) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“I hope many of the senators last week that went over the top in their rhetoric will reconsider what they said — recognize that even though they lost the election, even though a Republican president is appointing a justice of his choice and being confirmed by a Republican-majority Senate, that they need for the long-term health of the Senate and the Supreme Court, to reconsider their rhetoric about the legitimacy of this process,” Cotton added.
Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman publicly to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her some 36 years ago during a high school gathering in suburban Maryland. Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, came forward in the days following Ford’s September 16 accusation.
All of their allegations are largely uncorroborated, and Kavanaugh has flatly denied the accusations.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who received Ford’s allegations in July, did nothing publicly with them until shortly before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary was scheduled to vote on moving Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate for a final vote.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the committee last week.
The testimonies of both were widely viewed as compelling and credible.
Although the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) declared his support for Kavanaugh early on Friday, he succumbed to pressure from Democrats on the committee who were calling for an FBI investigation to delay the confirmation indefinitely and pressure from liberal activists who accosted him on the elevator just prior to the committee’s vote.
Flake ultimately voted for moving the nomination to the full Senate on the condition that GOP leaders agree to a one-week delay for the FBI to conduct a “limited” investigation into the allegations. Kavanaugh, who has already undergone six FBI background investigations during his decades of public service, agreed to participate fully.
“The Democrats will stop at nothing to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. They’re not doing that because of the allegations they’ve trotted out over the last two weeks. They’re doing it because they don’t want to have a conservative majority on the Supreme Court,” Cotton warned.
But Kavanaugh is “not withdrawing,” Cotton insisted.
“We’re voting on him. Everybody will have to put their cards on the table before God and country later this week,” Cotton added. “Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed because the more we learn — I suspect the FBI investigation will simply corroborate this — his denials are the things that are supported by evidence, not the allegations against him.”
Cotton said he expected that the FBI investigators “will seek the therapist notes that Ms. Ford citied as corroborating evidence from 2012.”
Ford refused to turn over the therapist’s notes to the Senate committee as part of its investigation into the allegations. The committee chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), sent a letter Tuesday demanding that Ford turn over those notes and other materials as well.
“Nobody has seen those yet. She refused to turn them over to the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Cotton noted. “What little we do know comes from [the] Washington Post reporting.”
“If anything, it is exculpatory for Brett Kavanaugh. It corroborates his account and creates internal inconsistencies in Ms. Ford’s account,” Cotton speculated. “So I hope the FBI has had a chance to review those therapist notes as part of their supplemental background check.”
Amid an increasingly hostile and partisan political environment, Cotton urged his Democratic colleagues to cease the “wild-eyed radical claims” they have made about Kavanaugh “from the very beginning.”
“I think some of our Democratic colleagues need to reconsider their rhetoric and the kind of incentives that they’re giving to people, that are frankly are a little bit around the bend,” Cotton advised.
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