Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday

Geneva Stokes
September 28, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham exploded at the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday over the smear campaign that the Democratic party launched to ruin Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Michael Avenatti has released an explosive declaration from his client Julie Swetnick, who said she was "gang" raped at a party where Brett Kavanaugh was present.

Some experts say Ford's use of scientific brain function has helped lend to her credibility.

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

Even Mr Trump, who fiercely defends his nominee, said he would be watching and was "open to changing my mind".

"Would you believe me that no study says that this setting in five-minute increments is the way to do that?"

"The friends on the other side set it up to be just the way it is".

Republicans can advance Kavanaugh's without any support from Democrats, but given their 51-49 seat majority in the chamber, Kavanaugh's supporters can only lose one vote and still advance his nomination.

The moment crystallized the national debate over gender, power and whom to believe in the #Metoo era under President Donald Trump.

Mr Kavanaugh's testimony will nearly certainly deepen the partisan divides already tearing the nation apart.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr Ford".

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Rashidi later said he was thrilled with Trump's response and was not offended by the "Mr. Even if Rosenstein survives the week, it's not clear how much longer he'll be around.

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But it's not clear whether that will happen, or whether the Senate Judiciary Committee is interested in hearing her story. Ashley Kavanaugh was asked whether she wondered if her husband was telling the truth about the allegations against him.

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The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) pressed the committee on what it is doing to investigate Ford's allegation.

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, has urged the Senate to slow down its confirmation process and said he would not support Kavanaugh's nomination unless a full investigation is carried out.

He paused, tried to contain his emotions, then said, "We mean no ill will".

"It was hard for me to breathe and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", she said. Republicans have hired Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to ask questions on their behalf.

The Fox News host Chris Wallace said Christine Blasey Ford's emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, amounted to a disaster for Republicans. "That's all I can tell you", he said.

Kavanaugh stated, "I did not know that at the time".

During questioning from Democratic senators, Dr Ford went on to provide more memorable lines. "@LindseyGrahamSC has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined", wrote White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

But he became visibly evasive when Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked him two pointed questions: would Kavanaugh be in favor of Judge testifying before the committee, and would he ask the White House to order the FBI to investigate the claims against him?

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began.

Senators emerged from Thursday's hearing bitterly split into those tribes, with Democrats persuaded by Blasey's calm and unflustered account of being shoved onto a bed, pawed, almost stripped and prevented from screaming for help, while Republicans were moved by Kavanaugh, who bristled with red-faced outrage and grievance at what he called an orchestrated campaign to destroy his life.

"The Republican staff of this committee released to the media a timeline that shows that they've interviewed two people who claim they were the ones who actually assaulted you", Durbin said.

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