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 TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE to the contentious hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court denies Trump request to immediately resume federal executions House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case 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 PelosiHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills 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 VindmanDirector of National Intelligence Maguire should stand for the whistleblower Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Former GOP senator to Republicans: Trump subjected Ukraine leader to a 'shakedown' 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 BidenHouse Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE and his son Hunter.