GOP Senator: We will not be bullied by ‘the screams of paid protesters’

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynKevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC executive director for 2020 On The Money: Trump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming | Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff | China agrees to 3-month freeze of auto tariffs | Dem to seek Deutsche Bank records of Trump's personal finances The Hill's Morning Report — Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies MORE (R-Texas) on Friday said that the U.S. Senate will be not be intimidated by "paid protesters" in its quest to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Our vote today was important not only because it will allow us to move forward and conclude this process," Cornyn said on the Senate floor after the chamber voted in favor of ending debate on Kavanaugh's nomination. "It was important because it showed that the U.S. Senate will not be intimidated.

"We will not be bullied by the screams of paid protesters and name-calling by the mob."

The line from Cornyn echoed a similar comment President Trump made earlier on Friday as he railed against those who protested against Kavanaugh. 

"The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it!" Trump tweeted, before claiming that billionaire liberal activist George Soros is among those funding the demonstrations against the judge. 

The attacks from Trump and GOP senators such as Cornyn came as the confirmation process for Kavanaugh nears its conclusion. 

The Senate on Friday voted 51-49 to advance an up-or-down vote on the Supreme Court pick. 

The vote will occur just over a week after Kavanaugh and Chrstine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Ford's claims that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. 

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Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusation. He's also denied sexual misconduct allegations from two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. 

With the confirmation process nearing its end, hundreds of protestors have descended on Senate office building to urge senators to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. 

More than 300 people were arrested by Capitol Police on Thursday at multiple Senate Office buildings.