Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) spoke before the Senate floor Friday in a final push for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Four Senators, three Republicans and one Democrat, remain undecided about Kavanaugh’s nomination.
In his address, Grassley railed against Democrats and the media and undermined the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.
“These uncorroborated accusations have been repeatedly and unequivocally rejected by Judge Kavanaugh,’ Grassley said. He added that an FBI investigation had not yielded corroboration of the claims against him.
“There is simply no reason to deny Judge Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court,” he concluded.
He claimed that Democrats are playing political games and asserted that “they will never be satisfied no matter how thorough the process is.”
He called Kavanaugh qualified and said that voting against his nomination would be a “travesty.”
“We had a campaign of distraction. A campaign of destruction,” Grassley said. He accused Democrats of promoting “mob rule.”
“I hope we can say no to mob rule by voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Grassley said, before ceding the floor to Senator Dianne Feinstein.
‘Conspiracy, extortion and bribery’: Ex-prosecutor ticks off crimes Trump and Rudy may have committed with Ukraine gambit
On MSNBC Saturday, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah laid out all the ways that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani could be breaking federal law with their apparent scheme to push Ukraine into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
"Extortion, conspiracy to engage in extortion, and violating federal election law," said host Alex Witt. "Do you agree with all those premises?"
"I do, Alex, and I would add one to that, which is federal bribery," said Rocah. "Here, Trump essentially was trying to get the Ukrainian president to bribe him, give him information about his political opponent in exchange for aid to the country. So, that is soliciting a bribe. And you know, look, we can get into this more. Obviously, this is my area of expertise, whether something violates federal criminal laws, but I do worry that we're going down a path that we went down with the Mueller investigation, because for the president of the United States, that is not the standard."
Giuliani’s public invitation to Ukraine to interfere in US elections opened the door for other countries to run to Trump
President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani turned heads with his bizarre, unhinged rant on national television that effectively urged Ukraine to continue trying to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — and for news outlets to take whatever they find seriously.
As Casey Michel wrote in The Daily Beast, even if this effort ultimately fails to turn up useful opposition research against Biden, this is a profoundly dangerous development for American democracy.
Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."
He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.
"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."