Grassley says Judiciary Committee wouldn't consider Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

Henrietta Brewer
October 11, 2018

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), was created to highlight what Democrats see as a key issue in the midterm elections: protections for pre-existing conditions.

"Lots of work to do", Grassley tweeted.

It's been less than 24-hours since Justice Brett Kavanaugh took his rightful seat on the Supreme Court and two weeks since Democrats attempted to derail his nomination with a supercharged smear campaign.

At the time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the American people should have a say in the direction of the court, meaning no judge should be confirmed until a new president is elected.

Meanwhile, Christine Blasey Ford - who said the judge sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982 when they were high school students - has been unable to move back home because of "unending" death threats, according to one of her lawyers. "If we're not, if we lose the majority in the House, which is always a possibility, we will probably just have to fight it out, and it's a shame".

As with other potential investigations on Capitol Hill, one Democratic leadership aide pointed out that discussions about tax returns or other investigations are still in the early stages and it is a delicate balance between Democrats trying to be prepared for a potential win in November but not getting so far ahead of themselves that they count on a victory too soon. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said.

Schumer has yet to make his opinion on the matter known.

"If I'm chairman next year, I'm going to remember this", Graham said, referring to Democrats' comments and actions during the hearings. A recent Fox News poll has Heitkamp trailing her Republican challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer, by 12 points. A poll released yesterday by Politico found that, nationally, Republican enthusiasm for voting has risen but Democratic zeal got a bigger boost - 77 percent of Democrats said they are "very motivated" to vote, compared with 68 percent of Republicans.

Compared to early September, the number of Republicans feeling "extremely" interested in the upcoming election is up by 2 points in Arizona, up by 9 points in IN, up 8 points in both Missouri and North Dakota, and up 11 points in Tennessee.

Clinton said on CNN this week that "civility can start again" after Democrats capture the House or Senate in next month's elections.

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