‘We will not be intimidated’: Mitch McConnell vows to force final Kavanaugh nomination vote ‘this week’ despite uncertainty with FBI probe as Chuck Schumer scoffs that he should ‘man up’

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell vowed lawmakers would not be intimidated by protestors against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
‘I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members down the hall here, or harassing them at the airport or going to their homes, we will not be intimidated by these people,’ he said
McConnell vowed the Senate will vote ‘this week’ on Kavanaugh
Meanwhile Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said ‘give me a break’ when McConnell blamed Democrats for the delay
He noted it was three Republican senators who wanted the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh and that McConnell could call the vote any time he wanted
‘Be a man – man up and say it’s your decision and not ours,’ Schumer said

By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER
DAILYMAIL.COM
3 October 2018

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear Wednesday that the protestors chasing lawmakers through the hallways and out of Washington D.C. restaurants will not intimidate senators and vowed they ‘will vote this week’ on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

McConnell took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to rail against the delays in confirming Kavanaugh, including protestors who have confronted senators, and slamming Democrats, who he claims are moving the goalposts on President Donald Trump’s nominee.

‘I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members down the hall here, or harassing them at the airport or going to their homes, we will not be intimidated by these people,’ he said.

More uniformed officers have been visible in the Senate amid mounting protests, and senators have been escorted by uniformed officers.

‘There’s no chance in the world they’re gonna scare us out of doing our duty. I don’t care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls. I want to make one thing perfectly clear, we will not be intimidated by these people,’ McConnell said.

Protestors have filled the hallways of the Senate office buildings as Kavanaugh’s confirmation has struggled toward the finish line amid questions about his drinking habits and allegations of sexual assault.

Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham are among those who have been target by victims of sexual assault who are protesting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

On Friday, a moment when two female protestors trapped Flake in an elevator and berated him after he announced he was voting to confirm Kavanugh went viral and ultimately resulted in Flake calling for a delay in the confirmation vote in order for the FBI to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.

One of the women shouted to Flake, through tears: ‘Don’t look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happens to me.’

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