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Impeachment or Bust? Democrats Have Few Options on Kavanaugh Inquiries
Lawsuits, possible House probes expected, but party largely staying mum for now

Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee ponder their next move during a session on the nomination of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 28. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Brett M. Kavanaugh looked bewildered. Sen. Kamala Harris looked perturbed but determined. It was hour ten of the then-Supreme Court nominee’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee early last month, and the California Democrat seemed to have him backed into a corner.

Harris, a former prosecutor, was very much back in a courtroom. She was trying to get her witness, Kavanaugh, to reveal the name — or names — of anyone at the Washington law firm of Trump’s personal attorney with whom she alleged he had discussed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his ongoing Russia election meddling investigation the president almost daily refers to as a “witch hunt.”

Mazie Hirono: ‘I Think Lindsey Is Channeling Trump’
Hawaii Democratic senator replies to GOP Sen. Graham’s criticism of Kavanaugh confirmation ‘mob rule’

Sen. Mazie Hirono dropped some choice remarks on her Judiciary Committee colleague. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s sharp critique of her, Sen. Mazie K. Hirono hears echoes of his party’s standard-bearer.

“I do think Lindsey is channeling [President Donald] Trump to a great extent,” the Hawaii Democrat said Tuesday in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Frankly, it is so outrageous. It just shows that they will say anything to win.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski Could Face Reprisal from Alaska GOP
Alaska Republican was only member of her party to vote against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with the media in the Capitol after voting “no” on a cloture vote that advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a final vote on October 5, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski could face severe consequences from her state party for her decision to reject new associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation vote over the weekend.

The Alaska Republican was the only GOP senator to oppose Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which passed 50-48 mostly along party lines. (Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted with Republicans.)

Trump Stokes Tribal Fury in Kavanaugh Ceremony
President accuses Senate Dems of ‘campaign of political and personal destruction’

Protesters opposed to then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh take over the atrium of the Hart Senatre Office Building on Oct. 4. Capitol Police were on the scene arresting protesters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS | Donald Trump’s remarks Monday night during a ceremonial swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was more than partisan. It personified how the president often fuels America’s increasingly tribal politics.

Washington and the country are trying to recover from several gut-wrenching weeks that included multiple sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and the emotional testimony of the then-nominee and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford. But the president, during a ceremony in the ornate East Room, did not try to use his office to heal a grieving — and feuding — country.

From Adams to Pence: Long History of Memorable VP Tie-Breakers
If Kavanaugh vote is deadlocked, vice president would put him on Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (left) walks up the Capitol's Senate steps with Vice President Mike Pence for a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on July 10. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump face a high-stakes Saturday showdown with a handful of key senators that will decide whether the Supreme Court tilts to the right — perhaps for decades to come. But it might fall to Vice President Mike Pence to put him on the highest bench in the land.

After the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh — who has faced multiple sexual assault allegations and criticism for his angry rebuttal that included sharp criticism of Senate Democrats — cleared a procedural hurdle Friday morning, McConnell and Trump needed to secure 50 GOP votes.

Daines Now Says He Will be Back in D.C. for Kavanaugh Vote If Needed
Republican senator is scheduled to be in Montana this weekend for his daughter’s wedding

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., speaks with reporters following the cloture vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Sen. Steve Daines sounded optimistic about getting back to D.C. for a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination a day after saying he wouldn’t be around if the vote came Saturday.

Daines told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would be in Montana for his daughter’s wedding, whether the vote was held then or not.

Protesters Throw ‘Kegger’ at Mitch McConnell’s House Ahead of Kavanaugh Vote
‘I like beer, I like beer,’ group chants. Majority Leader stays inside.

Protesters throw a “kegger” outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house ahead of a Friday morning vote to limit debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (Katherine Tully-McManus/CQ Roll Call)

They like beer, but they don’t like Brett.

Protesters threw a “kegger” outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Capitol Hill home Friday morning to show their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh Nomination Clears Key Hurdle, Final Vote Teed Up
Democrats turned confirmation process into ‘demolition derby,’ Sen. Grassley says

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Embattled federal judge Brett Kavanaugh moved one step closer to becoming the ninth Supreme Court justice and providing a decisive fifth conservative vote Friday when the Senate voted to tee up a final up-or-down vote.

In a vote that broke mostly along party lines after several deeply partisan weeks that culminated with a FBI investigation into sexual misconduct charges against Kavanaugh dating to his high school days, the chamber voted to end debate on his nomination, 51-49.

Trump to Senators: Ignore ‘Elevator Screamers’
President issues closing argument ahead of crucial vote on Brett Kavanaugh

Sens. Jeff Flake and Chris Coons head out of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last Friday to discuss an FBI probe of sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh after Flake had been confronted by protesters on an elevator. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

As a crucial Senate vote on his controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared, President Donald Trump appeared to lobby undecided senators by casting two women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake last week as Democratic-funded “Troublemakers.”

Trump dubbed the women “very rude elevator screamers” and “paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad,” referring to wealthy liberal donor George Soros. The president appeared to plead with GOP senators to not “fall for it!” He ended his tweet with “#Troublemakers.”

Trump Suggests ‘Wet Rag’ Franken Should Have Fought Allegations
Former Democratic senator resigned amid sexual misconduct charges

Then-Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at a hearing in 2017 before he stepped down later that month amid sexual misconduct allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A national uproar over sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not stop President Donald Trump from suggesting a former Democratic senator “folded” under his own allegations.

“Boy, did he fold up like a wet rag. Man, man, he was gone so fast,” Trump said during a campaign rally Thursday night in Minnesota, the state that Franken represented in the Senate.