Transcript for Top Dem: Kavanaugh's 'evident animus' toward Democrats 'should be disqualifying'
'Re joinedy dler of New York. The top democra on the J -- judiciary committee. Thank you for coming in. T you. Pick up on what congremaaid. A lot of Democrats don't believe Brett Kavanaugh told the truth. If he justice kav 're cmanf the justice committee, would you inveigpeachment? Hope the Nate would have done its first. I hope thebias free has over the next week to investigate. Thatly mea to call in all the renesses. Doesn't sound like they D F that's a problem. It would co validity the en senate press. Thaeir votes will not be for the nominee ss there's free nd for propeatof these very serious allegations of sexual assaults.we can't he juon the supreme court for the next seral decadewhedeciding qstions oberty, life, death, all kinds of things for the entire ameripeople who has beredibly acs seal assaults, who has been credib accused of various stigated. I hope the senate will do so. Ife's on theuprt and the senate hasn't investigated, the house will have to. 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