By Susan Jones - CNSNews.com |
"There is no chance in the world they're going to scare us out of doing our duty," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the organized protesters who are following and heckling and harassing senators, including him.
McConnell was accosted on Monday as he walked through a Washington-area airport. ("How many stories of sexual violence do you have to hear before you believe women?" one of the protesters asked him.)
"They try to bully and intimidate us,"McConnell said:
One of our colleagues and his family were effectively run out of a restaurant in recent days by these people.
Another reported having protesters physically block his car door. And some of the same organized, far-left protesters camp out at their homes.
I'm not suggesting we're the victims here, Mr. President. But I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes, we'll not be intimidated by these people.
There is no chance in the world they're going to scare us out of doing our duty. I don't care how many members they chase; how many people they harass in the halls.
I want to make one thing perfectly clear, we will not be intimidated by these people.
This is all part of the organized effort to delay, obstruct, and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week.
In a mid-morning tweet on Wednesday, President Trump wrote:
"I see it each time I go out to Rallies in order to help some of our great Republican candidates. VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH! He and his wonderful family deserve much better."
MCCONNELL FILES FOR CLOTURE ON KAVANAUGH VOTE
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday began the final round of the confirmation battle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, filing for cloture to ensure a final vote on President Trump's nominee by the end of this week.
Shortly before 10:00 p.m. in a night session on Wednesday, McConnell filed a motion for cloture, to limit debate on the Kavanaugh nomination and force a final vote as to whether Judge Kavanaugh will become Justice Kavanaugh.
At the insistence of Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Senate leadership allowed an extra week for additional investigation into Kavanaugh. President Trump ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to expedite the Senate's request, and to conclude its work by this Friday. The FBI finished its work early, and consequently senators can review the supplemental report beginning Thursday morning.
Under Senate rules, the motion must now "ripen" for a day. The full Senate will vote early on Friday on the motion. Although cloture requires 60 votes for legislation, only 51 votes are required for presidential nominees to judicial or executive office.
If cloture is invoked Friday morning, the final vote on confirmation will come late on Saturday afternoon.