Senate Judiciary Committee votes on recommending Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation

Senate Judiciary Committee votes on recommending Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation

Senate Judiciary Committee votes on recommending Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation

At least one of the Republicans on the committee, Jeff Flake of Arizona, has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh, but is yet to signal how he might vote.

Asked by Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, for her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ms Ford mentioned the two boys' "laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense".

The White House has yet to say what Mr. Trump will do, although he was supportive of the Senate Thursday afternoon.

Blasey Ford, wearing glasses and a sober dark blue suit, appeared nervous but poised as she sat at the witness table, consulting occasionally with her lawyer.

In addition to Blasey Ford, two other women have come forward with allegations of assault against Kavanaugh, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. He evaded questions about calling for an FBI investigation and proclaimed that "you'll never get me to quit". "I did not leak her story", the committee's ranking member said.

Ms Feinstein criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment".

"Another Democratic senator on this committee said, 'Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.' A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, 'Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.' I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators, your words have meaning".

Even if the claims against Kavanaugh haven't been proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the magazine's editors said, "this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country".

He strongly denied Ford's allegation, but said he believed she had been the victim of a sexual assault.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez told the New Yorker on Sunday that Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face while they were both drunk at a party in the early 1980s during their freshman year at Yale.

Mitchell was given just five minutes at a time to ask questions before she had to yield to a Democratic senator. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting.

In a Twitter message, Brown called the federal judge "a threat to women's rights in our nation". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Following Thursday's testimony, Trump - who a day earlier had defended Kavanaugh but left the door open that he might reconsider his support - praised the nominee.

Testifying first, Ford described to the members of the committee what happened to her at that party in 1982 with Kavanaugh - "the boy who sexually assaulted me".

Meanwhile, another woman has come forward with new allegations about Kavanaugh, accusing him of inappropriate behavior while he was in high school.

While Thursday's hearing prompted the bar association to recommend an investigation, another group that had endorsed Kavanaugh went one step further: the editors of America: The Jesuit Review say his nomination should now be withdrawn. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", she said.

With Kavanaugh's confirmation vote set for Friday, and the schedule permitting his ascension to the Supreme Court as quickly as next week, Democrats' only option to oppose Kavanaugh may be impeachment.

Feinstein said that Flake proposed the week delay on his own independent of any Democrats.

The biggest prize is the Supreme Court, where Kavanaugh would become the fifth solidly conservative justice.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, his voice rising in anger, called the hearing the "most unethical sham since I've been in politics".

Booker said Dr Ford's decision was "nothing short of heroic", whereas Harris thanked her, noting: "I want to tell you I believe you".

They predicted that if the three back Kavanaugh, he will be confirmed.

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