Tensions over Kavanaugh controversy are high on Capitol Hill

Tensions over Kavanaugh controversy are high on Capitol Hill

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Police clear out protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building the day after the Judiciary Committee's hearing to decide whetherCHRISTINE BLASEY-FORD is truthful in her accusations of sexual abuse against Supreme Court nominee BRETT KAVANAUGH
Capitol Police clear out protesters in the Hart Senate Office Building on Friday, the day after the Judiciary Committee's hearing in which Christine Blasey-Ford testified about alleged sexual abuse by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian/TMN)

ON THE HILL with DOUG CHRISTIAN

WASHINGTON – With 34 days to go until Election Day and the House out of session until then, tensions are high in the Senate.

Those pressures are most apparent in the controversy surrounding the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The FBI inquiry into allegations brought by Christine Blasey-Ford against Kavanaugh is designed to alleviate concerns of three key GOP senators, Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Instead, the abbreviated time frame of the supplemental probe is leading to more controversy.

When asked of the FBI investigation at this week’s Tuesday briefing, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) affirms that, “The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here on this floor this week.”

Demonstrators are protesting throughout the senate side of the Capitol complex, leading to an increased security clampdown for Republican Judiciary Committee members.

As Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) walks with an armed escort through the tunnel in the Russell Senate Office Building leading to the Senate train, Graham said:

“This is dangerous. I had somebody that wouldn’t let an elevator shut. An Iraq War veteran. I appreciate his service, but I just have a different opinion of Judge Kavanaugh,” Graham says. “I tried to make that clear.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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