Who's who in the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

28 September, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Senators will get to question Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford for the first time since sexual misconduct allegations were levied

Mike DeWine, the Republican running for the open governor's seat in OH, said the Senate needs to look carefully at the evidence, but without specifically calling for a delay in the confirmation vote. There are 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.

Mark Judge was Kavanaugh's classmate at the all-male Catholic private school, Georgetown Preparatory. Mitchell is known nationally for her work with abuse victims.

Ford gave a soft-spoken and steady account about what she said happened three decades ago in a bedroom at a small gathering of friends.

But with televisions across the nation tuned in to the hearing - senators among those riveted to their screens - it was unclear how politicians who will ultimately decide Mr Kavanaugh's fate will assess Ms Ford's credibility.

Democratic senators pressed Kavanaugh over and over again to request an FBI investigation if he had nothing to hide.

The Judiciary Committee was scheduled to meet Friday morning to vote, with Flake the deciding vote, and Senate Republican leaders planned to move the nomination to the floor perhaps by the weekend.

Allegations by other women followed those by Ford.

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Mr Kavanaugh said part of the reason for the allegations is anger by some about Mr Trump and the 2016 USA presidential election, and out of revenge on "behalf of the Clintons".

"I don't want to be in a position where people say, 'No, thanks". Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes. KTVU has not had a chance to speak with Swetnick or vet her claims, other than reading her declaration.

Graham's comments seemed to buck up Kavanaugh's mood.

'In a letter on August 31, 2018, Senator Feinstein wrote that she would not share the letter without my consent, ' said Ford.

There are now 10 Democrats up for re-election in red states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

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.

The moderate Democrat faces a tough re-election this year, and may need to cross party lines to remain in the Senate.

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USA president Donald Trump has acknowledged that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court nominee.

The senator has indicated that his mind is not yet made up about Kavanaugh.

"I think it's important that we distinguish between what's legitimate and serious and what clearly seems less so".

That, however, does not justify confirming Kavanaugh to a lifelong position on the Supreme Court.

Republicans also risk rejection by female voters in November if they are seen as not fully respecting women and their allegations.

The candidate has been relatively tight-lipped on how she intends to vote, while her Republican competitor, Kevin Cramer, has pledged his full support for Kavanaugh.

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