Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

05 October, 2018, 15:29 | Author: Cecil Davis
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Both Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser, university professor Christine Ford, testified before the 21-member Senate Judiciary Committee in an 8-hour-long hearing last week.

The senator said he is requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet. "And of course one of the underpinnings of the law is for people to believe the rule of law is fair, and it's not weighted one way or another, not weighted Democrat or Republican, male or female".

Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, outside the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room and tried to give him a statement opposing Kavanaugh. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats".

A senior Senate Republican aide said there was growing confidence that Collins, Flake and Manchin - all swing votes - would support Kavanaugh.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is acknowledging he "might have been too emotional" in Senate testimony but says he can be counted on to be an "even-keeled" judge.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh, was escorted out of a hearing Wednesday by three police officers.

If all Democrats vote against, Kavanaugh can afford only one Republican defection. Both said they wanted the FBI investigation, and both denounced Trump's mockery of Ford this week in Mississippi.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, who, according to Judge Kavanaugh's calendars, hosted a party in July 1982 that Democrats say could have been the get-together where the assault happened, and Chris Garrett, a Kavanaugh friend who Ms. Blasey Ford says is the person who introduced her to Judge Kavanaugh. "Those fears have been realised".

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, urged an end to what he called "partisan histrionics" and called for a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"There were four of us in a corner", said Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee, reading sections of the report while other senators listened to the report being read in full by staffers with the proper security clearances.

But several Democrats lit into the process, with Senator Ron Wyden branding it a "whitewash" and Senator Mazie Hirono wincing at Republican claims of comprehensiveness.

"There are dozens of people out there that they could have questioned", Hirono told AFP.

Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Ramirez's lawyers provided the agents with a list of more than 20 witnesses, but as of late Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't interviewed any of the people who Ramirez believes could corroborate her account, according to the person close to Ramirez.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the most notable part of the report "is what's not in it".

Sporting a red "Make America Great Again" hat, Ben Bergquam, a Trump supporter from California who carried his own sign in favor of Kavanaugh, baited protesters and questioned their sincerity.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", Senator Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday.

Each one of the trio understands that however they vote, they will face a tide of fury - and be branded traitors either to the conservatism that has its moment of triumph in sight or, in the case of Collins and Murkowski, to their gender as the #MeToo movement challenges conventions that for generations constrained women making allegations against powerful men.


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