WATCH: Chuck Grassley Blows Up at Chuck Schumer, Democrats, Media Over ‘Demolition Derby’ Confirmation
In a presser with other GOP members of the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blew up at Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Democrats in general over the entire confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his nomination to the Supreme Court.
After Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke, Chairman Grassley was the first to offer his own comments ahead of the question and answer period. “This is the 87th day. That’s three weeks longer than the average of the last three or four nominees to the supreme Court,” he said. “So don’t tell me we haven’t spent enough time.”
He restated his belief that Kavanaugh is well-qualified and well-suited for the job, then launched into it over Democrats, saying that “everything but whether he’s qualified” has been brought up.
“Now, this started downhill very quickly on about July tenth when Schumer said that ‘we’re going to do everything we can to stop this nomination'”, he said. He defended his process, saying “I have tried to commit and I think I have carried out what I promised immediately. That we would have a fair and thorough process. We have had a fair and thorough process.”
He said the moment he saw Dr. Ford’s name in original article leaking it, he “got on it right away to provide her the forum she wanted. In turn, we provided the same forum for Kavanaugh.”
“But what I’ve been dealing with since July 10, the downhill slope that Schumer’s put us on, is really dealing with a demolition derby,” he said, fairly worked up. “They just about destroyed a good person, to be on the supreme Court.”
“So, hopefully, we’re 48 hours away from having a new person on the Supreme Court” he said. But he wasn’t finished, because next was questions from the press.
What the reporter asked was essentially immaterial to his rant. She asked if the committee was going to take action or refer for action the lawyers representing Ford for not communicating that the Committee offered to travel to California to interview her in private, and Grassly said he didn’t know. Then he Blew. Up.
“What I’d like to do when we get all done, because this is almost rock bottom, I would like to have the future mending things so we can do things in a collegial way that the United States ought do and particularly when it comes to Supreme Court nominations,” he said. “And you folks can have something to do with this.” By you folks, he was referring to the press, and he continued on that subject.
“Now, I would never use the word fake news. I consider you folks policemen for our democratic system of government. But I want to show you where some of you have bias,” he said angrily. “I’ve had demonstrators in my office for two weeks now, both for Kavanaugh and against Kavanaugh. And one time, the people that were for Kavanaugh wanted to be interviewed! And they said, we only — we’re only interested in interviewing people against Kavanaugh. Now, is that — that’s a bias and none of you should be proud of!”
He then managed to storm off, even though it was only a few steps, but turned back as another question was directed at him. A reporter asked about Ford’s attorney saying that the FBI investigation was a “stain” on American justice, and asked him “what’s your response to that characterization?”
“I’ll give you m– let the FBI do what the FBI is hired to do and keep political interference out of it,” he said. “And my making a call to the FBI that you ought to do something is political interference. I made no call to the FBI since this whole process started a week ago. And I’m not going to. I never had any conversation with anybody in the White House because I got confidence in the FBI. They go where the facts lead them.”
Watch the clips above, courtesy of Fox News.
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