Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace during an interview at the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against the Democratic proposal, saying people in her high-cost state could benefit from the low-priced option.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the November 6 elections.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans are Very Angry about the Senate's treatment of Kavanaugh, a view shared by 30% of Democrats and 34% of unaffiliated voters.
Leaders of the Republican Party of Alaska following outraged constituents are now considering whether and how to reprimand Murkowski, the Associated Press reported.
The bitterly divided Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh, with just one Democrat supporting him.
Susan Collins was the sole Republican to vote for the measure, put forth by Democrats. Appointed by President Donald Trump, Kavanaugh's confirmation cemented a conservative majority on the court that could last for years.
If Kavanaugh were have found to have committed misconduct, he could be disciplined or suspended.
Kavanaugh, who came under fire after being accused of alleged sexual assault against Christine Blasey Ford and several other women, promised to diversify the ranks by hiring more women as clerks if he became a justice. None of the witnesses the women said would corroborate their claims did so, and Kavanaugh passionately denied the allegations. People who were chosen to participate either had to have voted for both republican and democratic presidential candidates in the last three elections or if they've only voted Republican in presidential elections, needed to have expressed support for Manchin himself.
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President Trump is pushing the conspiracy theory that Kavanaugh protesters were paid actors, financed by George Soros. Melania Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper in October 2016: "Every assault should be taken care of in a court of law".
People familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity say the allegations had already been widely discussed in the Senate and in the public realm.
The letter from Roberts does not mention Kavanaugh by name.
Trump said Tuesday of Feinstein: "Did she leak that?" The judiciary's rules on misconduct do not apply to Supreme Court justices.
Democratic aides acknowledge that their legislative hopes will likely be dashed by a Republican-controlled Senate, should the GOP keep control of that chamber, as well as President Trump.
McConnell is also preparing for his own re-election in 2020 and, if he is successful, staying on as GOP leader.
Nominations could be particularly tricky with the bad blood built up during the Kavanaugh confirmation process still weighing on senators.