Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Trump urges Senate to vote after Kavanaugh’s fierce defence

UNITED STATES- SEPTEMBER 27 Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Pool Getty Images North America
Ben Pena | 28 September, 2018, 21:06

Blasey, who also spoke on Thursday, claimed that a young Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, attempted to take off her clothes and put his hand over her mouth to the point that she thought he was "accidentally going to kill" her. The panel has set a vote for Friday on Kavanaugh's confirmation and the full Senate could vote as early as Tuesday.

Sen. Donnelly explained that he will oppose Kavanaugh's nomination because he believes that the FBI should investigate California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Kavanaugh allegedly attempted to sexually assault her when they were both in high school in the 1980's.

The three swore they had no recollection of the party - providing no support for Ford's accusations laid out to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Flake says Ford's account "was compelling, but she's lacking corroboration from those who were there".

Sanders stressed Trump's support for Kavanaugh and said he wanted to see a vote.

Flake was on his way to the Senate Judiciary Committee as both women told him they were sexual assault survivors.

Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee. In his, Kavanaugh cast himself as a victim of a "calculated and orchestrated political hit", fueled by "pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election".

Appearing with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, the veteran jurist said he has fought for women's equality throughout his life and denied the charges brought against him by the women.

Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles
It said that the nomination itself has become a referendum on #MeToo - and that confirming Kavanaugh would send the wrong message. Should that fail and Kavanaugh be confirmed, it would amount, to a "devastating blow" - at least for now.

Corker is a moderate Republican senator whose vote wasn't a certainty. Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"We're at a risky point because if we have no more evidence and Kavanaugh's rejected, that sets the precedent that accusations are enough to derail. and if he's approved, then still there will be people who think that he's a sexual assaulter or rapist and there he is sitting at the Supreme Court".

The American Bar Association wants a delay on the vote to allow the FBI to investigate the claims by Prof Ford.

Ramirez said Ford's allegation encouraged her to come forward to give a clear picture about Kavanaugh's past.

Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Some White House officials were not pleased with the questioning from Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, saying she did not effectively target the weak spots in Ford's narrative and worrying that the Democrats had seized the moment. Trump, who wanted more fight out of Kavanaugh, even openly pondered changing his mind about his second Supreme Court nominee during a press conference Wednesday.

Fox News host Chris Wallace warned that it would be a "big mistake" to disregard Christine Blasey Ford ahead of her Senate testimony on Thursday, citing recent conversations he's had with his own daughters. Trump's tweet did not mention Ford.

And second, because the Federal Bureau of Investigation might hear from, and ask questions of, people who so far have only spoken out on paper.

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