Chris Coons

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.”

Brett Kavanaugh to Be Rare Beneficiary of Senate Paired Voting
Votes of Republicans Lisa Murkowski and Steve Daines will be offset

Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and  Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, will pair their votes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, enabling Daines to attend his daughter’s wedding and Murkowski to voice her position. Also pictured above, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When the Senate votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday, two senators will engage in a practice that’s all but died out.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the only member of the Republican Conference opposed to elevating the current D.C. Circuit Court judge to the high court, announced Friday that ordinarily she would vote “no.”

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.”

Jeff Flake’s Ex-Chief on What to Do When It’s Time to Go
‘To say that folks sometimes disagreed with positions my former boss had is a bit of an understatement’

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., talks with Chandler Morse during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup session in May 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If your boss retires, resigns or loses an election, there is no clinging to your job in Congress. Your job will cease to exist.

That’s not always a bad thing. Chandler Morse got to cook dinner in the middle of the week for the first time in his 11-year-old child’s life because Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake decided to retire.

Coons Challenges Senate to Have a Greater Awareness on Sexual Assault
Delaware Democrat said his phone was ‘blowing up’ with stories of sexual assault

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., read #WhyIDidntReport tweets on the Senate floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Chris Coons took to the Senate floor Thursday to acknowledge survivors of sexual assault.

“If I could make one request it would be that we come out on the other side of these last few weeks with an awareness,” the Delaware Democrat said.

Senators All Agree: Latest FBI Kavanaugh Probe Provides Little New
Senate Republicans are full speed ahead on vote on Supreme Court nomination

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, makes her way to the secure room to view the FBI supplemental background report on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed Thursday on one thing about the FBI’s one-week supplemental background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — there wasn’t much new information there.

For Republican members of the Judiciary Committee such as Sens. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the set of interviews done over the past week did not add any corroboration to allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women decades ago.

Jeff Flake Pledges to Consider FBI Review Before Final Kavanaugh Vote
Senate at its worst when votes happen because one side has the numbers to win, Flake says in N.H.

Sen. Jeff Flake insisted Monday he would take the supplemental reporting of the FBI under advisement before deciding what to do about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

The Arizona Republican made the comments during a broader speech Friday at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, his latest act that could be read as an early foray into the world of 2020 presidential politics.

Prosecutor’s Memo Is Senators’ New Rorschach Test in Kavanaugh Process
Democrats and Republicans not swayed from original positions by five-page memo

Rachel Mitchell, counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, questions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday as, from left, Republican Sens. Mike Crapo, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and John Cornyn listen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)

The Arizona prosecutor hired by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school issued a memo Sunday concluding that a “reasonable prosecutor” would not bring the woman’s case against Kavanaugh in court.

But Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor for the Maricopa County attorney’s office that includes Phoenix, also pointed out that a Senate confirmation hearing “is not a trial, especially not a prosecution.”

Kavanaugh Protesters Greet Jeff Flake in Boston
Democratic upstarts Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez speak to crowd gathered to protest Supreme Court nominee

New York Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Boston University graduate, speaks at a rally on Monday calling on Sen. Jeff Flake to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Flake was scheduled to give a talk at the Forbes 30 under 30 event in Boston. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Update 1:10 p.m. | Protesters started gathering Monday morning ahead of an appearance by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who gave those opposed to Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court a one-week reprieve.

Among the protesters were upstart Democratic congressional candidates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in the primary for his New York district, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who upset 10-term incumbent Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano.