Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his full support of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh following the FBI investigation which found no corroborating evidence to back Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claims that he sexually assaulted her at a pool party 36 years ago.
At the beginning of his 17-minute long speech, McConnell reflected on how Kavanaugh's confirmation shifted from his professional accolades to a smear campaign based on uncorroborated allegations with zero witnesses.
He blamed the horrific situation on Democrats for holding Dr. Ford's written testimony for several weeks and then springing it on the Judiciary Committee at the 11th hour. Now, the whole process has become a circus, with senators being harassed in their homes and in their offices. To this, McConnell said the Republicans will not back away from their nominee.
"We will not be hoodwinked by those who have tried hard to smear this good man, to drag him through the mud," said McConnell.
McConnell called the smear campaign against Kavanaugh a "shameful spectacle" that should not be respected.
"For goodness' sake, this is the United States of America," McConnell said. "Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in this country. The Senate should not set a fundamentally un-American precedent here."
McConnell concluded his speech by promising to push the vote on Kavanaugh through this week. A vote of cloture will take place on Friday with a vote of confirmation for Saturday. The Senate will review the FBI investigation for Thursday.
See McConnell's full speech below: