Sen. Jeff Flake Emerges as Key Vote in Kavanaugh Nomination

Sen. Jeff Flake Emerges as Key Vote in Kavanaugh Nomination

The letter emerged before a planned vote on Friday (Sept 28) by the Judiciary Committee to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to the full Senate. What mattered was being there as Ford was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, just a brief walk away.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said some of Kavanaugh's statements "were more consistent with one's expectations of a partisan than a judge or prospective associate justice of the Supreme Court".

Trump missed hardly a moment of the proceedings, relying on DVRs to keep up on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday first from his private office on Air Force One as he travelled from NY to Washington, and then back at the White House, using DVRs to fill in the gaps.

"I am here today not because I want to be", Blasey Ford said as she recounted the sexual assault which she alleged occurred at a high school party at a suburban Maryland home in 1982.

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never", he said.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, also said she needs time to decide how she will vote.

Joe Donnelly. Donnelly is up for re-election in the red-leaning state of Indiana.

"Imagine a woman openly weeping like this on a national stage and still getting elected to the Supreme Court". "The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning", he said, adding that Ford was credible and courageous.

Senators emerged from Thursday's hearing bitterly split into those tribes, with Democrats persuaded by Blasey's calm and unflustered account of being shoved onto a bed, pawed, almost stripped and prevented from screaming for help, while Republicans were moved by Kavanaugh, who bristled with red-faced outrage and grievance at what he called an orchestrated campaign to destroy his life.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh barked, his voice at a shout, addressing the Committee's Democrats in a fiery opening statement. "I have never done this to her or to anyone". In the front row, family and friends quietly cried including his wife, Ashley, whose lips were trembling.

Meanwhile, Republicans on the panel asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not need to investigate the allegations because the committee was conducting an inquiry into them.

In this photo combination, Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.

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Blasey Ford said the incident left her "drastically altered", but it was her "civic duty" to tell lawmakers what happened. While Republicans want to move forward, they are mindful of the fallout if they don't take the accusations seriously.

Shortly before, Ford had told the same senators that she was "100 percent" certain a drunken young Kavanaugh was the one who had pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes and clapped a hand over her mouth as she tried to yell for help.

But Kavanaugh's modified manner opened the door for the all-male GOP members of the panel, who remained silent during Ford's testimony and left prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to do their questioning, to speak up in his defense.

"This would including calling additional witnesses and assessing further allegations against Judge Kavanaugh from other women, to which Republicans on the committee have been unwilling to commit and which would be divisive in any case".

As Christine Blasey Ford prepares to answer questions around an alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, a third accuser has stepped forward. "I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes".

As he referenced Booker's remarks earlier this summer that supporting Kavanaugh would be complicit in "evil", the New Jersey Democrat sat in his seat, expressionless. Instead, they were talking about a paragraph in a high school yearbook. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., said, is "as much a victim" as Kavanaugh.

The Democratic senators will have free reign to ask questions.

In an election-season battle being waged along a polarized nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would provide a chance to cement the conservative majority of the court for a generation.

Trump's tweet did not mention Ford.

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.

The magazine is not the only Jesuit institution to respond to the nomination. And I think America saw that yesterday. But that time is long past. "The hearings and the committee's deliberations are now also a bellwether of the way the country treats women when their reports of harassment, assault and abuse threaten to derail the careers of powerful men".

A person close to Kavanaugh confirmed he had complete control over his remarks: "It was not pre-cleared with the White House".

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