Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the "irregular" process by which Democrats have raised sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee to the Supreme Court.
Noting that the accusation dates back 36 years to when Kavanaugh was in high school, McConnell said on the Senate floor that Democrats unveiled it "at the last minute in an irregular manner."
He went on to explain how Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., obtained a letter six weeks ago detailing a woman's claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school. Nothing about the letter or what was in it was brought up during dozens of meetings Kavanaugh had with senators leading up to his confirmation hearings, including a meeting with Feinstein herself, or the actual hearings.
"But now, at the 11th hour, with the committee vote on schedule, after Democrats have spent weeks and weeks searching for any possible reason that the nomination should be delayed, now they choose to introduce this allegation," McConnell said. "Not through the standard bipartisan process, not by advising the judiciary committee staff through proper channels. … by leaking it to the press.
"The chain of custody of this letter runs through the Democratic side of the Judiciary Committee."
McConnell said he is pleased with Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley's decision to have "bipartisan interviews" of Kavanaugh and his accuser.
Kavanaugh said Monday the charges leveled at him are "completely false … I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone."
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