McConnell to AP: "'Nobody's Going to Beat" Murkowski

Mr Trump has defended his pick again

Mr Trump has defended his pick again

New US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh dove into his new job on Tuesday, shrugging off the controversy over his nomination and firing off a handful of questions at his first hearing, a case on prison reform.

Trump lauded Kavanaugh as a "brilliant jurist" and blamed Democrats for the focus on decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct that dominated debate in the weeks before the nominee's Senate confirmation on Saturday.

McConnell told The Associated Press on Wednesday the gender gap "clearly is wider than it used to be".

Heading into the November midterms, the GOP is defending its House and Senate majorities. Only six of the 51 Republicans in the Senate are women. He said the policies from the Democrats are increasingly shifting far-left and called them "dangerous".

"It's a great frustration", he said.

Trump says allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh were "all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace". He has denied the allegations. They have included, but were not limited to: a dissenting ruling in favor of stop-and-frisk policing; writing about racial profiling that "The desire to remedy societal discrimination is not a compelling interest;" and decidedly opposing affirmative action.

Then came bombshell testimony from university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a gathering when they were in school.

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

Trump sees his success in getting Kavanaugh onto the court-tilting the crucial body to the right for potentially years to come-as one of the major successes of his two-year administration.

Two years ago, McConnell blocked a vote on Garland, citing what he said was a tradition of not filling vacancies in a presidential election year.

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"I have never been convinced that rallies and candidate events move the needle all that much", Kondik said.

The crowd - filled with Iowans and Nebraskans, as Council Bluffs, Iowa, sits across the Mississippi River from Omaha, Nebraska - started a vigorous "Lock her up!" chant.

Feinstein has denied leaking Ford's letter. Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination and "present" on the final vote. "I think it's an insult to the American public". A hundred percent. No, I don't want to get sued, 99 percent. "This business of presidential harassment may or may not be quite the victor they think it is".

"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional".

He renewed one of his favorite nicknames, calling Sen. No", she added. "You gather your strength and you take it to where it has to go, and you will make people uncomfortable. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina.

"It's not going to be from our caucus, I can tell you that", he said.

McConnell wouldn't say whether the Senate would insist that Sessions' replacement would protect special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "I speak up when I think it's necessary".

On the campaign trail Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the wall.

"That episode, if it occurs, would be in the portion of the government we haven't funded", he said. "The public got mad at us and felt sympathy for President Clinton".

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