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Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday

Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday

Trump called the Democratic opposition to his candidate and a slew of sexual assault allegations over the last week "a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist". "There should be no vote in the Senate".

On Wednesday, Trump spoke aloud what he's been mulling in private, acknowledging publicly for the first time that past allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him colour his views on similar charges against other men, including Kavanaugh.

They come against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement and the hearing included sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats mirroring the atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington. Asked if there were enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Grassley replied, "I think so".

Kavanaugh concluded his opening remarks by swearing before the committee, "my family and God", that he denied Ford's allegations.

Her answer to Leahy's question was both emotional and scientific: "Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", Ford said, "the uproarious laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense". "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

'Once the press started reporting on the existence of the letter I had sent to Senator Feinstein, I faced mounting pressure, ' said Ford.

"They were laughing with each other", Ford said.

"If you stand with survivors, the path forward is clear: Brett Kavanaugh should be impeached ― not promoted", said Heidi Hess, co-director of the group Credo Action, according to HuffPost.

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"Sununu's latest statement is not enough", Kelly said in a statement.

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on the bed, toppling the three on to the floor.

Since Ford went public with her allegations, more women have come forward. "This is a circus".

Embattled SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing two new sexual assault accusations, including raping a woman on a boat in 1985 and aggressively shoving a woman against the wall of a bar in a sexual way in 1998.

"A confirmation hearing about the character and fitness of an individual who's is going to sit on the country's highest court, presumably for the rest of his life, the confirmation process involves going back and looking at the entirety of the nominee's life", Hill said.

Kavanaugh, a conservative-leaning judge whose entry into the lifetime appointment would help shift the Supreme Court to the right for years to come, came out fighting.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Mr Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh politically motivated. After being repeatedly asked about the circumstances of the polygraph test - when she took it, where she took it, who had recommended the tester - Ford's lawyers interjected to say that they had paid for the test, "as is routine".

"[They] hadn't told their parents, I don't know if they told their friends".


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