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'It was not the proudest moment in the Senate’s history'

Hank Hayes • Sep 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe called the furor over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination a “circus” with uncertain political fallout.

“I know people are very divided over what they saw (Kavanaugh’s and Dr. Christine Ford’s Senate testimony on Thursday),” Roe, R-Tenn., said in a Friday morning conference call with reporters. “Dr. (Christine) Ford, her presentation was believable. Judge Kavanaugh’s word that in Dr. Ford’s testimony, there was no corroborating evidence. Everybody she mentioned denied (a sexual assault) happened. … You didn’t learn a lot. … I agree with Sen. (Lindsey) Graham. I think they literally tried to destroy this man and the Democrats may be successful doing it. … I’ve never seen anything like this. … It was not the proudest moment in the Senate’s history.”

Both of Tennessee’s Republican U.S. senators, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, have said they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Roe also weighed in on the other hot political topic in Washington: whether President Trump should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation, amid a New York Times report saying Rosenstein considered using the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to oust Trump from office.

“I don’t know,” Roe responded when asked if Trump should fire Rosenstein. “I don’t know all the details. None of us know what the truth was, what was actually said. We know what was published by an unnamed source in the New York Times. … I think the comment was, ‘What do you want me to do? Wear a wire?’ He could have been joking. I don’t know whether he was or not. … I think the president is doing exactly the right thing — is bringing him in and talking to him eyeball to eyeball and find out if he still needs to stay in his job. If (Trump) thinks he can work for him and do the job, he’ll stay. If not, he won’t.”

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