Sen. Whitehouse addresses Senate ahead of Kavanaugh vote
In a 51-49 vote Friday in the U.S. Senate to advance the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse addressed the floor in a last ditch effort to sway undecided senators to vote against the nominee.
Whitehouse has been in the middle of the confirmation hearings from the beginning, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Last week, Sen. Whitehouse heard the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh's defense after he was accused by his former classmate of rape in 1982.
"I had significant concerns about [Kavanaugh's] truthfulness and temperament, concerns proven more justified over the course of these hearings," Whitehouse told the floor Friday. "I confess, I believe Dr. Blasey Ford. We have a big dispute here, but I do hope we agree on one thing. If Dr. Blasey ford's testimony is true, I hope we can all agree that Kavanaugh has no business on the court."
Whitehouse went on to say that if Kavanaugh takes the vacant seat, the court would continue to sway towards a partisan institution, shown by consistent 5-4 rulings in favor of Republicans, he claims.
"The court is flying all the warning flags of a captured agency," he said.
Earlier in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called out Whitehouse directly as being part, of what republicans are calling, a circus.
"We saw the junior senator from Rhode Island hold forth with great confidence, offering his expert interpretations of goofy jokes and high school year books," McConnell said. "Our colleague was [convinced] of other sinister meanings at play."
But Whitehouse fired back in his speech later that night.
"Then came the Majority Leader's criticism. He knew it wouldn't do to say she lied; but his every accusation fell to pieces if she was telling the truth," Whitehouse said.
A full vote to confirm Kavanaugh is expected Saturday.