Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, turns to answer a reporter's question after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 in Washington.
Fox News personality Bret Baier on Wednesday reported that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has referred allegations of judicial misconduct claims against Justice Brett Kavanaugh to outside judges for investigation. The big question, they agree, is whether conservative enthusiasm will last until November 6 or fade away, victim to the historic pattern of midterm congressional losses by the party holding the White House and the ever-changing parade of distracting controversies prevalent under Trump.
"Hoyer and Pelosi have been measuring the drapes for years now only to come away empty-handed", said Jesse Hunt, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's campaign arm.
Republicans are madder about the Kavanaugh controversy than Democrats are and more determined to vote in the upcoming elections because of it.
Both sides' consultants say initial polling shows newfound enthusiasm among conservatives, who until the court fight were far less excited about voting than their liberal, anti-Trump counterparts.
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The second, filed September 27, claims Kavanaugh violated the judiciary's code of conduct by 'engaging in a public and partisan campaign of lies to cover-up and hide sexual misconduct and crimes he committed in the past'. None of the witnesses the women said would corroborate their claims did so, and Kavanaugh passionately denied the allegations.
McConnell said he found Christine Blasey Ford's account of her sexual assault "convincing" but noted that there had been no corroboration that her assailant was Kavanaugh.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's expecting a "relatively lively" lame-duck session of Congress after next month's midterm elections, including a possible partial government shutdown over funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall.
After Murkowski expressed her intention to vote against Kavanaugh, both Sarah Palin and Laura Ingraham dropped hints that they might challenge her when she is next up for re-election in 2022. Dianne Feinstein, whom the president accused of leaking a private letter from Ford, the California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens. The 10th Circuit handled another recent judicial misconduct case from Washington involving the former chief judge of the District Court.
"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional".