Fiery McConnell Offers Forceful Defense of Kavanaugh: Nobody Is 'Guilty Until Proven Innocent' in This Country
Calls Kavanaugh allegations a 'shameful spectacle.'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke forcefully on the Senate floor Thursday morning, explaining why he's moving for a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation is expected on Saturday after the FBI completed a supplemental background investigation of Kavanaugh and the new claims against him.
McConnell emphasized that Kavanaugh is "innocent until proven guilty" and must be confirmed since the FBI probe found no corroboration of the sexual assault claim by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
We owe it to the American people not to be intimidated by these tactics. We owe it to the American people to underscore that you’re innocent until proven guilty. pic.twitter.com/uGzKkP14jP
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 4, 2018
"For goodness sake, this is the United States of America! Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in this country," he said, blasting Democrats and outside groups for the "literal mudslide of wild, uncorroborated accusations" against Kavanaugh.
"I think it’s safe to say the national spectacle the professional left has created around Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has now reached some kind of fever pitch," he said, adding the past 17 days have been a "feeding frenzy" against Kavanaugh and his family.
McConnell said the Senate cannot become known for destroying the reputations of nominees based on uncorroborated allegations from 40 years ago.
"Beyond this shameful spectacle, which is an embarrassment to the Senate, what will endure are the actual facts before us," he said, adding that he looks forward to voting for the "well-qualified" Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Speaking in response on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said a majority of Americans believe Ford's claims over Kavanaugh. He accused McConnell of attacking Democrats so he can avoid the "truth."
"It's about time you came clean. When you say 'outrageous smear,' you're really referring to what Dr. Ford said, but you can't say so because everyone knows that kind of rhetoric would be outrageous," said Schumer.
.@SenSchumer: “Doctor Ford came forward and won America’s hearts and our Republican colleagues were upset because that might derail their headlong rush to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.” https://t.co/GVHdiKGEe0 pic.twitter.com/8R4szwYBlL
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 4, 2018