Men of Emotion: Trump Riles Up Rally-Goers Against Dems Ahead of Key Kavanaugh Vote; Kavanaugh Pens 'Emotional' and 'Impartial' Op-Ed
Later this morning, at approximately 10:30 a.m. EST, the first full-Senate vote to advance the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is set to take place. The vote comes just one day after the FBI released the findings of its controversially brief investigation into Kavanaugh's past history of sexual misconduct against numerous women.
The report, which was not officially released to the public, nor the media, was slaughtered by Senate Democrats for being inconclusive, "a mockery," according to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), and "a bulls**t investigation," according to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Senate Republicans, including the still-undecided Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), praised the FBI's thoroughness, and have claimed that the Bureau found no such evidence of corroboration of the accusers' accounts against Kavanaugh.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), patience wearing obviously thin, had a few choice words for members of the press yesterday, on the heels of the document's release -- complaining, "You've humiliated this guy enough and there seems to be no bottom for some of you."
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) also drew criticism, yesterday, for the manner in which he interacted with protesters on the Hill. When confronted by multiple women, expressing their concerns about Sen. Hatch's support for Judge Kavanaugh, the Senator waved them off, and told them to "Grow up," before catching an elevator, escorted by security.
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, attended his third campaign rally, this week, in Rochester, Minnesota where he continued pushing his rhetoric of damning the Democrats for their "resistance" against Kavanaugh's nomination while glad-handing GOP candidates.
Trump, true to form, ignited his base once more with violent and searing language included in excerpts like, "The dems are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave."
Notably absent from the public eye, and mostly silent, however, is the man at the eye of the storm: Brett Kavanaugh, who published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Thursday evening.
In the piece, Kavanaugh laments his emotional performance last Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, while painting himself as "pro-law," bi-partisan, and "impartial."
He concludes by offering that. if confirmed, he "will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law."
Ultimately, this morning, if Kavanaugh's nomination passes this crucial first vote, the Senate will be afforded up to 30 hours of debate. After that, a final vote will be held.
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