As Democrats have grown increasingly frustrated with President Donald Trump’s administration’s handling of the Kavanaugh nomination, some Democrats have been pushing for a fresh round of hearings to examine allegations of sexual misconduct.
In recent days, Democrats have accused Trump of obstructing justice in the Kavanaugh case and of attempting to cover up the alleged rape by a former classmate at the University of Virginia.
In addition, the White House is pushing to push through an unprecedented delay of the nomination to avoid the Republican-led Senate from voting to confirm Kavanaugh.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote next week on the nominee, a Republican.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday released a list of issues it said should be considered when the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hears the case against Kavanaugh, including whether there should be a presumption of innocence in the case.
Democrats are also seeking an explanation from the White Senate for the delay in filing nominations for the judge, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman when he was a graduate student in the 1980s.
The senators’ effort to get the nomination moved forward has been met with skepticism from Republicans, who are skeptical of the motives of Democrats who are demanding a fresh look at the case and have said they don’t want to see the judge be confirmed.
“The American people are tired of hearing from Republicans about what has gone on in this country for too long,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “The American public has spoken loud and clear.
They want answers.
They are tired and tired of being lied to about this country and the way the country was built.
And they are ready to see justice done.”
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Democrats say the new allegations against Kavanaugh are part of a pattern of false allegations against Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as a former aide to Trump who has accused the president of sexually harassing her.
In a statement, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said, “We are aware of the renewed Democratic push for a hearing.
We will consider the concerns raised and will follow the procedural rules and precedent.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman John Cornyn, R of Texas, said Republicans have “no interest in hearing the testimony of those who are currently facing sexual misconduct charges.”
He added, “The Republicans’ goal is to keep the Supreme of the Senate in the hands of the President and his Attorney General, who have already shown their contempt for the American people.”
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley on Thursday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D.-Calif., said the Democrats are seeking to delay a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh until at least Feb. 10, 2019, which would leave the nomination vulnerable to an early election.
Republicans, meanwhile, are pressing for a vote on the nomination by Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R, Ky., has said he expects the Senate to vote on Kavanaugh by Feb. 24.
He has said that the Democrats’ request will “undermine the American Senate’s credibility.”
The Judiciary Committee hearing was scheduled to last more than two weeks, but McConnell announced on Thursday that it will be rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 18.
The full Senate will return to Washington on Monday for a final vote on President Donald Trumps nomination to the Supreme Supreme Court.
The confirmation hearing was originally scheduled for March 14, but the Senate delayed the vote.
Senate Democrats have vowed to filibuster the nomination.
But McConnell has signaled he is willing to allow the nomination move forward.