A key Senate Judiciary Committee member on Wednesday brushed aside sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as unproven, and said the federal appeals judge will be one of the “greatest” ever on the top court.
“I’ve had a front row seat,” said North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis. “I've seen all the evidence. I've had the confidential briefings. And there's nothing that has influenced my belief that Brett Kavanaugh will be one of the greatest Supreme Court justices we could have ever appointed to the bench,” he told a closed-door meeting of the moderate GOP Ripon Society.
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Tillis strongly suggested that the charges and opposition against Kavanaugh, President Trump’s second pick to the high court, were orchestrated by Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to shut the president down.
Ripon provided Washington Secrets with his tick-tock dialogue with the group on Kavanaugh:
“Before Brett Kavanaugh was nominated, many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle had already pre-announced a ‘fill in the blank’ opposition to whoever President Trump nominated. And then on July 9th, Chuck Schumer said, ‘I will do everything I must do to defeat this nominee.’ Cory Booker said to support Brett Kavanaugh is to be ‘complicit in evil.’
“I could go on and on, but statements were made by virtually every [Democratic] member of the Judiciary Committee which either explicitly or implicitly suggested that they were a ‘no’ before they looked at any background and before we had done any hearings. They were a ‘no.’
“As the investigation's gone forward, there's simply not enough there, where any responsible prosecutor would bring a case. That's why we hired the prosecutor to ask the questions. This is a prosecutor that has nearly 25 years of prosecuting sex crimes. This woman likes putting sex offenders away. We put her there for a reason. We didn't want it to be a political show. We wanted it to be a methodical approach.
“Now we've agreed to this one week delay to complete another supplemental background investigation. I don't believe at this point we're going to find anything substantially beyond what we've already heard in the hearings. That's why the narrative is changing. The narrative is changing because they think that the allegations are not really going to go further. So now the narrative has changed to, 'He's not a man with the proper temperament because of the way he presented himself last week in Committee.'
“I've voted proudly for him out of committee, and I've made it very clear, based on the information I have right now, that he deserves to be on the Supreme Court.”