Lindsey Graham TEARS Into Democrats For Their Smear Campaign

28 September, 2018, 11:15 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27 2018

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee to fill a Supreme Court seat, came out swinging when he defended himself Thursday against a bombshell allegation of sexual assault.

"I feel ambushed", Graham told reporters at the conclusion of the hearing this afternoon.

Christine Blasey Ford, whose voice sometimes cracked with emotion, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing that could determine whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the lifetime job after a pitched political battle between Trump's fellow Republicans and Democrats who oppose the nominee.

Kavanaugh, who is also set to testify on Thursday, has vehemently denied the allegations.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham angrily blasted the Democrats' handling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process as "the most unethical sham since I've been in politics".

The meeting of four key senators occurred less than hour after Kavanaugh finished his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, where he forcefully and passionately maintained his innocence and defiantly challenged Democratic senators who grilled him on multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior. You've said that, ' he yelled.

"I was, you know, underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said. 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".

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He advised moderates waffling on their Kavanaugh vote decisions to join him in supporting the judge. Her voice cracked at times as she then gave an emotional account of the alleged assault in 1982. The FBI is going to tell us what? "They don't reach the bottom-line conclusion".

The U.S. Capitol was hushed, as senators and aides huddled in offices, watching.

The historic Senate hearing featuring dueling testimony from United States supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and university professor Dr Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused him of sexual assault, has arguably left Washington even more bitterly divided than it was before. The focus remains on at least five Republicans who said they would withhold judgment until after the hearing.

Republicans also risk rejection by female voters in November if they are seen as not fully respecting women and their allegations. They're hoping for a final Senate roll call next week, seating Kavanaugh on the court for the October start of its new term. "A court would do so under oath".

Kavanaugh's passionate defense came after a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.

Ford said she was "willing" but also hoping that the committee or a representative "would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request".

"I want to hear the whole testimony before I say anything", he said. "Why would you resist that kind of investigation?"

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The outgoing senator was a friend and fan of Kavanaugh's until the sexual misconduct allegations became public. "This damages his credibility, perhaps irrevocably".

"Her story is all of our stories", said Paterson.

The reaction of women to Thursday's hearing is important heading into the midterm elections with a potential Democratic wave looming on the horizon.

You can read his full remarks below. Where was Mark Judge standing? She has said that she believes it is important to listen to both Ford and Kavanaugh before making up her mind about whether to confirm Kavanaugh.

Mitchell's questions steered clear of the details of the alleged assault and focused at times on whether Ford was coordinating with Kavanaugh opponents.

"Absolutely", Ford said, later adding, "100 per cent".

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