Pence: In a 'more respectful time,' Kavanaugh would be overwhelmingly confirmed

Pence: In a 'more respectful time,' Kavanaugh would be overwhelmingly confirmed
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Vice President Pence on Tuesday blamed a lack of progress on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in the Senate on Democrats, writing that in "a more respectful time" Kavanaugh would have already been confirmed.

In a pair of tweets Tuesday, the vice president wrote that Kavanaugh "deserves the support of every member of the United States Senate."

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"Great being at the @SenateGOP policy lunch today. Judge Brett Kavanaugh deserves the support of every member of the United States Senate. As I said last week, Democrats in the Senate have gone from 'advice and consent' to 'resist and obstruct,' " Pence said.

"Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed 98-0 and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg received support of 96 Senators," he added in a second tweet. "If we lived in a more respectful time, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be overwhelmingly confirmed by the United States Senate."

Democrats in the Senate have raised alarms over Kavanaugh's stance on Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion legal nationwide, which Democrats want any potential nominee to assure them is settled law and not up for debate. Critics have also homed in on Kavanaugh's views on whether a president can be investigated or prosecuted for criminal activity.

Last week, 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called for Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed in a letter to Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDem: 'Bulls---' to say GOP doing everything to contact Kavanaugh accuser Grassley wants unredacted version of letter from Kavanaugh's accuser Attorney for Kavanaugh accuser criticizes Senate panel's ‘rush to a hearing’ MORE (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, claiming that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE's attorney Michael Cohen's implication of Trump in a hush money scheme in court filings constituted "the possibility of criminal wrongdoing" by the president.

They noted that Kavanaugh's previously stated views on whether a sitting president can be indicted were a concern given the developments.

"Given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the President, doubts that Judge Kavanaugh believes a president can even be investigated, and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding this nominee’s record, we should not move forward with hearings on September 4th," the Democratic senators wrote on Friday.