Schumer: ‘No presumption of innocence’ for Brett Kavanaugh

September 26, 2018 - 8:23 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Judge Brett Kavanaugh receives “no presumption of innocence or guilt” as a Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Schumer (D-New York) went on to call Thursday’s hearing – during which a woman accusing the judge of sexual assault will testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee – a “fact-finding proceeding” and not a legal proceeding.


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The Democrat’s remarks came in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who claimed Kavanaugh had a presumption of innocence in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1980s.

Late Tuesday night, President Donald Trump spoke in support of his nominee once again and claimed Democrats in the Senate were “playing a high level CON game.” He then urged his supporters to “Pray for Brett Kavanaugh and his family!”

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the day after he and Christine Blasey Ford are to testify about her allegation he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

The committee scheduled the vote as McConnell announced Tuesday he was moving forward with Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claim and that of another woman who has come forward with an allegation from his time at Yale.

The committee will be voting on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanagh would be confirmed.