McConnell: Kavanaugh Will Be on Supreme Court in 'Very Near Future'
A sexual assault allegation has many questioning if Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no doubt that Kavanaugh will be confirmed "in the very near future."
California professor Christine Blasey Ford has publicly accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape at a house party in the early 1980s when they were both high school students in Maryland.
Speaking on Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., McConnell (R-Ky.) assured supporters that Republicans are going to "plow through" the controversy
“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,” McConnell said.
On "America's Newsroom" on Friday, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Ford should be given the opportunity to go on the record in a congressional hearing, but Republicans will make sure that hearing is not delayed.
"She needs to go first, as always, Brett then needs to respond, and then it's time to take the vote," Fleischer said.
He said if Ford's case is credible, then the Senate Judiciary Committee will have to decide if they are going to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Senate floor.
If her case is not credible, Fleischer said, then Republicans have a "clear shot" at confirming Kavanaugh.
He said Democrats obviously want to delay the vote until after November's midterm elections, but he said there is "no way" McConnell allows that to happen.
"Mitch McConnell knows how to steer the ship, to be judicious, to allow Professor Ford to have her day in court, so long as it happens quickly without inordinate further delay. And then the process will proceed."
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