Trump would prefer faster Kavanaugh confirmation

Geneva Stokes
September 26, 2018

"Once the hearing is done, we plan to move forward in the very near future".

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record", Kavanaugh said.

"I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I can not imagine her making this up". Both Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. But it's not clear whether that will happen, or whether the Senate Judiciary Committee is interested in hearing her story. That could set up a vote in the full Senate early next week. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"She told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen", White says. Kavanaugh's Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez told the New Yorker on Sunday that he had pushed his penis in her face and forced her to touch it during another drunken party.

The committee has offered for Ford to share her testimony in public or private, or over the phone. "Our staff reached out to her counsel to request any statement or additional evidence".

President Donald Trump followed up his address to the United Nation's General Assembly by blasting the women who have accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault/misconduct. The issue, as always, really comes down to a few swing votes who could make or break the nomination: Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jeff Flake; and Democrats such as Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly. She has acknowledged consuming alcohol at the time, which clouded some of her memories. Kavanaugh again denied the allegations. He believes that only helps her case.

Ashley Kavanaugh was asked whether she wondered if her husband was telling the truth about the allegations against him.

But first Blasey Ford and now Ramirez have thrown his nomination into doubt, even though their allegations lack the support of solid, corroborating witnesses.

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Ford, a California psychologist, alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, when the two were teenagers in suburban Maryland. "I think his conduct on the courts since verifies that.".

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said.

Another of Ford's lawyers, Michael Bromwich, complained: 'This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate.

"How anybody that's allegedly educated and worked themselves into the position of being a senator can have such an inane assumption is insane", Gavin said.

In his declaration, Russell Ford says his wife first shared the details of a sexual assault during a couple's therapy session in 2012.

Republicans said they were determined to push the nomination through the narrowly-divided Senate as soon as a possible, rejecting Democratic calls to freeze the process to let the FBI investigate all of the allegations.

McConnell's strategy is more straightforward, and it leaves little room for additional investigation: "We have two people here who have a different version of what has happened. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", Kavanaugh said.

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