US Midterms 2018 - Donald Trump | A Divided America

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The Kentucky Republican said it awakened them to the Supreme Court cause - an issue that inspired numerous same voters to back President Trump in 2016.

The Kentucky Republican said during the same interview that "nobody is going to beat" Murkowski in her home state of Alaska and that he is "proud" she is part of the Senate Republican conference. An effort clearly to try and intimidate us.

Henderson said in a press release earlier this month that the misconduct claims were filed after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, which began on September 4. By Senate GOP rules, he can hold the position for six years.

The House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee are the two committees that could request the returns if Democrats take the majority, and discussions are ongoing about how the House Ways and Means Committee would go about obtaining the returns as well as how many returns they would seek.

"It's a great frustration", he said.

"I think that's premature", Senator Christopher A. Coons, a member of the Senate judiciary committee, said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Even before the confirmation, Kavanaugh's opponents had a comeback line, printed on the back of jackets they wore to the Capitol: "November is coming".

"But what we are now seeing is that the enthusiasm and energy on the Republican side comes close to matching the Democratic side and given the states that we're competing in, that's really good news for us", he said.

As for the accusations against Kavanaugh, he said he found Christine Blasey Ford's account of her sexual assault "convincing" but noted that there had been no corroboration.

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

Democrats say Trump's rhetoric since launching his 2016 campaign has been provocative, pugnacious and at times racist.

Kelley Paul, the wife of Kentucky Republican Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whom the president accused of leaking a private letter from Ford, the California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens.

"It's turned our base on fire", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. The takeaway - for Trump anyway - is that mocking someone who shared her experience of being sexually assaulted is that it was a winning strategy. Feinstein has denied that she or her staff released the private letter.

McConnell defended fellow Republican Sen. "I would do it except for these people up there". Don McGahn, the White House counsel and Kavanaugh's leading advocate, told Trump, as The New York Times put it, that a "wide ranging inquiry. would be potentially disastrous for Judge Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation".

What did President Trump say? "We do have an affordability problem", Collins said Wednesday, "but I don't think the answer is to wipe out consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions". Only Samuel Alito and Stephen Breyer participated in White House events after they had been sworn in and begun work as justices, according to the court's records on the current crop of justices.

He added that the recent battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh helped bring the importance of keeping control of the Senate into focus for Republican voters who may not have been tuned in previously.

"Far be it from me to complain about obstruction, I've done my share of it".

"Things could tighten up [before the midterm election]. There are better ways to do it", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said in advance of the vote.

He also said he had little information about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but hopes it wraps up soon.

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