Fiery McConnell Blasts Dems for 'Shameful Smear Campaign' Against Kavanaugh
Vows a vote will happen before full Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats Monday on the Senate floor amid what he called a "shameful smear campaign" against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Kentucky Republican said Democrats "signaled for months" that they would put on "whatever performance the far-left commanded" as part of their "resistance" campaign against President Trump and the GOP.
"Even by the left's standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low," he said.
McConnell said that in their haste to tar Kavanaugh, they ended up violating the wishes of accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
He said that Democrats have tried to destroy Kavanaugh's personal and professional life on an "unsubstantiated and uncorroborated" accusation from Ford.
McConnell recalled how in late July, Ford sent a document alleging misconduct to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who sat on the allegation until last week.
"[Ford] had requested the matter be handled discreetly and confidentially... The respectable next step would have been notifying the full committee," he said.
He said Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons believes either Feinstein's office or Democratic committee staff leaked Ford's name to the press, against the professor's wishes.
McConnell said it sounds "like a choreographed smear campaign that ignored Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality in order to inflict maximum damage at the last minute on Judge Kavanaugh and his family.
"The Democrats wouldn't let... a complete lack of evidence or the accuser's request for confidentiality get between them and a good smear," he said. "It's despicable."
McConnell concluded by saying that there will unequivocally be a vote on Kavanaugh before the full Senate no matter the Democrats' actions.
Watch his remarks above.