Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed the Democrats Monday and the mainstream media over what he said was a 'smear campaign' against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"A smear campaign, pure and simple"
"Democrats have already made up their mind and chosen their tactics," said McConnell in a speech in Congress Monday. More accusations arose over the weekend from another classmate of Kavanaugh, but her claims were vague and uncorroborated.
"Even by the far left’s standards," he said, "this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low."
"Senate democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man's personal and professional life on the basis of decades old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated," continued McConnell.
"That, Mister President, is where we are," he added. "This is what the so-called 'resistance' has become. A smear campaign, pure and simple, aided and abetted by members of the United States Senate.
McConnell went on to accuse Democrats of a "choreographed smear campaign that ignored Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality in order to inflict maximum damage, maximum damage at the last minute on Judge Kavanaugh and his family.
"This is an allegation of misconduct that all four witnesses either flatly contradicts or are unable to back up," he said.
"I want to make it perfectly clear," McConnell concluded. "This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote, in this Senate, in the near future."
McConnell reiterated his comments by tweeting them on his social media account:
Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of unsubstanti… https://t.co/l7OXe1128J— Leader McConnell (@Leader McConnell)1537819551.0
Let’s put aside the last-minute smears. Let’s return to the facts. Let’s have a fair hearing on Thursday.— Leader McConnell (@Leader McConnell)1537820084.0
Here's the video of McConnell's defiant statement on the floor of Congress:
Kavanaugh also appears to be on the offensive against the accusations - an interview with him and his wife will air on Fox News Monday evening denying the "smear campaign."