GOP senator compares impeachment inquiry to Kavanaugh confirmation

GOP senator compares impeachment inquiry to Kavanaugh confirmation
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Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) on Tuesday compared the impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE to the contentious hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Progressives hope to avoid drug-pricing showdown with Pelosi | 'Medicare for All' backers get high-profile hearing | Dems take victory lap after eliminating drug protections in trade deal Justices grapple with multibillion-dollar ObamaCare case Potential Dem defectors face pressure on impeachment MORE’s nomination.

“You know what these proceedings look to me like right now? They look like the Kavanaugh hearing without the vagina hats,” Kennedy said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “This is going to be the most — no, strike that — this will be the only partisan impeachment proceeding in the history of the United States.”

Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was referring to the pink-knitted caps with ears that became popular during the 2017 Women’s March shortly after Trump’s inauguration. They have since become associated with the modern-day feminist movement.

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Kavanaugh’s path to the Supreme Court was nearly blocked when sexual assault allegations emerged, including from Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged in testimony that Kavanaugh had tried to sexually assault her when the two were in high school in the 1980s. The then-nominee vehemently denied the allegations in a contentious hearing.

Ford was hailed by women's rights activists and sexual assault survivors for her public testimony.

Kennedy also railed against Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Calif.) and the impeachment inquiry, calling it a “gross violation of due process” because Republicans have not been allowed to call witnesses.

“All Speaker Pelosi and her team are doing is weaponizing impeachment as a political weapon,” he said.

Kennedy’s remarks come on the third day of public impeachment testimony. Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanImpeachment sets up Ukrainian Americans for 2020 political role Director of National Intelligence Maguire should stand for the whistleblower Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings MORE, the director for European affairs on the National Security Council, testified alongside Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence.

House Democrats are investigating whether Trump sought to use military aid or a White House meeting to pressure Ukraine to open investigations into Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE and his son Hunter.