Trump urges Senate to vote after Kavanaugh's fierce defense

28 September, 2018, 19:44 | Author: Myra Gill
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Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced Friday he would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, the backlash was immediate.

The conservative jurist's Senate confirmation had seemed assured until Ms Ford came forward and then other women emerged with additional allegations of sexual misconduct. Senator Patrick Leahy pointed to Kavanaugh's high school yearbook page and its jokes about heavy drinking and sex. The memory - and Kavanaugh's laughter during the act - was "locked" in her brain, she said.

The nearly nine hours of intensely emotional testimony came against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault and had millions of Americans riveted to their TV screens and smart phones.

Professor Ford was close to tears when she described how he allegedly climbed on top of her during a house party when they were teenagers.

Ford said she could not recall all the details of the polygraph or how former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jeremiah Hanafin was chosen to administer the test. But even if the panel deadlocks on whether to recommend the judge for confirmation, the full Senate could start taking procedural votes on Saturday on Kavanaugh, setting up a final vote as soon as Tuesday.

Democrats are also pushing to subpoena Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford testified was a witness to the alleged assault.

Sen. Jeff flake, r-Ariz., listens as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. "There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly".

The alleged incident, she said, had had an impact for the rest of her life.


"On Monday, I stood in front of your office", Ana Maria Archila, co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and the Center of Popular Democracy Action, told Flake.

Repeatedly Democrats asked Kavanaugh to call for an FBI investigation into the claims. I'll be saying more as well.

Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

"It's not to say that there can not be a situation where a person has risen above these kinds of behavior or teenage behavior", Hill told NPR, "but is to say that what we have is a person speaking the privilege of representing the laws of this country, and when that individual is reasonably believed to have broken those laws - and then not been truthful about it - to me, that's a disqualification".

Among those closely following the hearing was Danielle Campoamor, a New York-based writer and editor who says she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker five years ago. She said: "Don't look away from me".

She said she is "100 percent" sure it was him. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me". She said Kavanaugh was present at a 1982 party where she was raped.

Corker says Kavanaugh conducted himself "as well as anyone could expect".

Republicans acknowledged that much was riding on Mr Kavanaugh's performance.

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