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Senate Majority Leader Vows Kavanaugh Will Be Confirmed Soon

While Judiciary Committee negotiates testimony, Mitch McConnell tells conservatives it will be over soon

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told a conservative crowd that Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court soon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell clearly doesn’t think the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be anything more than a stumbling block on his path to confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“President Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual. You’ve watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics, but here’s what I want to tell you: in the very near future Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court,” the Kentucky Republican said.

When McConnell made the comment during a speech at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, the Senate Judiciary Committee was still talking with attorneys about possible testimony from college professor Christine Blasey Ford about her claim that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her while in high school.

And the majority leader’s speech came just after President Donald Trump fired off a tweet suggesting that the allegations should have been reported to police in Montgomery County, Maryland, at the time.

“If you want to have longtime impact on what kind of country we’re going to have for the next generation, the single most consequential thing we can do is these lifetime appointments of these men and women to the court that believe the job of a judge is to follow the law,” he said.

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During most of his speech to the conservative group, McConnell repeated familiar lines, including comparing the job of Senate majority leader to the groundskeeper at a cemetery.

He said the Senate would keep confirming judicial nominations for the rest of the year, including more appellate court nominees.

“Do our jobs, wait out the obstruction, confirm for qualified nominees,” McConnell said. “Even more nominees will be confirmed.”

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