Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, a vocal supporter of Mr Kavanaugh during his protracted confirmation, says they have their opponents to thank.

During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh refused to be pinned down on whether he would recuse himself in cases involving Trump such as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

It is also a boon for senators seeking re-election, especially those 10 Democrats running in states won by Trump in 2016, because they will be free finally to leave DC and focus more fully for the next month on their campaigns. Capitol Police said later in the day that 164 of them were arrested.

- Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball (UVA Center for Politics): North Dakota moves from "Toss-up" to "Leans Republican"; gives GOP "a clearer edge" of keeping control of Senate to Republicans.

ANALYSIS | The Democrats' chances of netting at least two Senate seats always seemed like a long shot.

Republican Rep. J.T. Wilcox, who has been involved in fundraising for Republicans running in the House where more than a dozen seats are in play, said there's no question that he's anxious because "the national wind is blowing in our face". She voted Wednesday on a health care bill that was a top priority for Democrats but wasn't around for votes later Wednesday or Thursday on Trump nominees.

Nearly immediately after the Senate vote, Democrats felt the chill from faraway North Dakota. Jon Tester of Montana, a state Trump won by more than 20 points, was asked if he thought McConnell was playing hardball with the nominations to keep him in DC.

Last month, Republican leaders in the House called for Rep. Matt Manweller to resign after The Northwest News Network reported that a former Idaho high school student of Manweller's said she had a sexual relationship with him in the 1990s, when she was 17.

"Honest to God, I would answer that question, but I'm going to let you guys do that assessment", he said.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by a margin of 50 votes to 48 in the Senate final floor vote, the slimmest for a Supreme Court nominee in more than a century. Among Independents, 53% of respondents said that they disapproved of the manner in which the GOP handled the hearings while 23% approved, as to the Democrats 58% of Independents said they disapproved of the manner in which that party handled the hearings while 30% said they approved. Prior to the Democrats pushing uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh, Bredesen led Blackburn by 5+ points.

Tymkovich, the judge who is now in charge of investigating the complaints, was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush and was on President Donald Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominess, though Trump ultimately chose Kavanaugh.

"The biggest challenge is the separating of what's happening in Washington, D.C. from Washington state", she said.

Republican Sen. Ann Rivers, who is involved with her chamber's campaign efforts, said Republicans are "waxing up our red surfboard in case there is a blue wave". "I think probably next week." .

Pointing to the media, Trump said he would use the original phrase, except for the media.

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