He controversially responded to this by saying: "Well, I'd say that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of".
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McConnell also said Saturday's confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is his proudest moment as a senator.
"I am terrified", Ford said.
"It unleashed something inside me".
"I'm very focused on the here and now, which is that all these angry women, mainly, out there who saw what was going on and how the Senate was not able to deal with the entire issue of sexual assault", she said.
Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court sworn in Saturday, after the Senate voted 50-48 in his favour - a move that cemented the top court's shift to the right under Republican leader President Donald Trump, who has chosen two of the nine sitting justices. White House advisers and Republican senators are encouraging him to keep Kavanaugh in the spotlight in the campaign's final weeks.
There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as he voted yes.
"They're going to go to the polls and vote differently".
The dispute over Kavanaugh has added fuel to campaigning for the elections in November when Democrats will try to take control of Congress from the Republicans.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh gathered on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court.
He said "radical Democrats" have become "an angry, left-wing mob" and "too risky and too extreme to govern". That's what they have become.
Rice, however, said her "ties to ME are long and deep". "Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob".
Flake initially announced he would vote for Kavanaugh, but requested a week-long delay to allow the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against the 53-year-old judge.
"It is a sad day, but the recourse will have to be on election day", Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told reporters.
But the repercussions for next month's congressional midterm elections, the ideological bent of the high court and the treatment of sexual-assault victims will reverberate for decades to come.
Protesters occupy the Hart Senate Office Building during a rally against Kavanaugh in Washington.
Back in 2016, McConnell refused to hold hearings or meetings with Garland, leaving open the seat for the majority of the year.
"There was no corroboration on Brett Kavanaugh's bald assertion that he didn't do it, because the people that the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed, which was a - just a small number of the dozens that they should have interviewed, they all said that they have no recollection", Hirono continued.
GOP operatives say they are seeing renewed Republican interest in states such as Wisconsin, where Democratic candidates have been polling strong. Earlier in the day, Cornyn told a group of reporters that this has "not been the Senate's finest hour", and said that "a better path forward" is needed.
Protesters could be heard shouting in the Senate chamber as Vice President Mike Pence presided over the final vote.
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But Senate Democrats are defending multiple seats in states Trump easily carried, making the Kavanaugh vote a potential liability. With Republicans controlling the chamber 51-49, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.