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WATCH: Grassley urges colleagues say no to ‘mob rule’

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has urged his colleagues to say no to “mob rule” and vote to move Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination forward.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said on the Senate floor ahead of Friday’s procedural vote, “This should have been a respectable and dignified confirmation process.” He says in a previous era a nominee as highly qualified as Kavanaugh would have received unanimous support in the Senate.

Grassley says an FBI investigation “found no hint of misconduct” by Kavanaugh, who has denied a California college professor’s allegations he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Grassley blames “left-wing outside groups” and “left-wing dark money” for trying to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination. He says what they did to sully Kavanaugh’s reputation was “nothing short of monstrous.”

Democrats say Republicans have tried to rush the process.

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