Friday morning committee vote could set up quick Kavanaugh confirmation

Hugh Fox
September 28, 2018

He also said Democrats used Ford for their own political purposes and that she was their victim - as was Kavanaugh.

"I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh thundered. "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump tweeted.

Democrats' tactics were "the most unethical sham", he said in a fiery speech. "There should be no vote in the Senate".

As if in response to those concerns, Kavanaugh on Thursday seemed to offer a more nuanced portrait of his high school years, at several points admitting that he enjoyed the odd drink or two. The focus remains on at least five Republicans who said they would withhold judgment until after the hearing.

Grassley announced on Tuesday that he was scheduling a tentative vote on the committee for the nomination for Friday morning, a day after the panel would convene to hear from Ford and Kavanaugh.

In July, Baker, Hogan and Scott were the lone Republican governors to not sign a letter to Senate leaders offering support for Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever", he said. "They respect what I've done", Trump said at the press conference. "Let me tell my Democratic friends, if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees".

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The married mother of two, wearing glasses and a sober dark blue suit, appeared nervous but poised as she sat at the witness table, consulting occasionally with her lawyer. Ms Ford says Mr Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge was present when the alleged attack occurred.

Corrale said, "They are afraid that the perpetrator might have threatened them". "Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes".

"In the end, there's likely to be as much doubt as certainty going out of this room today", Flake said Thursday. She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.

"It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", she said.

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

Kavanaugh slammed what he called a "grotesque and coordinated character assassination" and a "calculated and orchestrated political hit". "This is a circus".

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace". "I'm asking you to address this new defense of mistaken identity directly". I hope you never get it.

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Mr Trump's election pledge to nominate only conservatives to the court was seen as key to firing up his voter base, and rejection of Mr Kavanaugh would be a huge blow to the president.

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". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Ford at the hearing.

Graham also questioned whether Ford's attorneys were politically motivated.

"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh said.

"The same way that I'm sure I'm talking to you right now", Ford said, "just basic memory functions". "This doesn't strike me as partisan". "I spoke to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good", he said, adding: "The people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening is women".

"So many women around the country were watching it together in rooms and texting one another about what they were seeing, identifying with her", said Donegan said.

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