In his floor statement on Tuesday, McConnell was unequivocal. “The Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent. In this case the Senate will withhold it,” McConnell said. “The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter after the American people finish making in November the decision they’ve already started making today.”

This story was updated to include a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee to Maj. Leader McConnell.

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