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McConnell: Kavanaugh on SCOTUS as 'Long as He Chooses'

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 September 2019 05:14 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared Tuesday that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will serve on the Supreme Court "as long as he chooses to serve" despite a disputed weekend report in The New York Times on new sexual-assault allegations.

"Make no mistake about it: Justice Kavanaugh is going to be on the Supreme Court as long as he chooses to serve," McConnell, surrounded by Republican Senate leaders, told reporters at the Capitol.

"I think it is truly outrageous," he added. "We had this investigation a year ago. We had this vote a year ago."

McConnell has repeatedly attacked the Times on its Saturday report, which was corrected Sunday and since slammed by President Donald Trump and other Republicans for omitting a key fact: the woman in the alleged new incident involving Kavanaugh at Yale University declined to be interviewed — and her friends said she did not recall the incident.

The Times report also said former Yale classmate Max Stier reported the incident to the FBI and senators as Kavanaugh's nomination was being debated last year, but Stier would not discuss it with the authors of a book on Kavanaugh and his confirmation.

In addition, the correction did not say why those initial Kavanaugh facts had been left out in the first place.

The Times report was based on the Kavanaugh book by two staffers.

"They ought to be embarrassed," McConnell told reporters Tuesday. "Professionally, I think all of you should feel badly about this as well.

"This was The New York Times, not some occasionally read blog post somewhere."

He noted how five Democrats filed an amicus brief last month in a case before the justices "threatening the court with retaliation if they didn't rule a certain way on a case."

McConnell also said Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to "stack" the court in the 1930s and quoted current liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who has said "nine is a good number."

"I'm distressed about the declining journalistic principles so much on display across all of the world of journalism — up to, and including, of all publications, The New York Times," McConnell said.

"We have enough challenges in the country without stooping to that level: seemingly active efforts to ignore the facts and undermine somebody who has just begun a lifetime of service on the Supreme Court."

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will serve on the Supreme Court "as long as he chooses to serve," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declared Tuesday.
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