Alabama’s congressional delegation weighs in on Kavanaugh hearing, Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

30 September, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Thursday Sept 27 2018. Christine Blasey Ford testified earlier on Thursday about her accusation that Kavanaugh President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

"But I wasn't comfortable with the #MeToo movement saying he's a rapist", she said. Only the White House can order the FBI investigation, which Democrats have demanded.

When asked about the one week delay in the nomination, Trump, who has been pushing for a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh as quickly as possible, said he would defer to Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and others on timing. Flake then spent a sleepless night agonizing over what to do. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), both of whom remain undecided.

"I can say this whole process has affected all of us", he said. She expressed sympathy for Ford, but said Kavanaugh deserved protection, too.

In her Senate appearance Thursday, Ford lamented her foggy memory but offered up a clue - an encounter with Judge at a supermarket he worked at an estimated six to eight weeks after the alleged attack.

However, he sought to make it clear that "this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week".

Christine Blasey Ford is flanked by her attorneys Debra Katz left and Michael Bromwich at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Thursday Sept 27 2018. Blasey testified about her accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh President Trump
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After announcing that Kavanaugh's denials were good enough for him and that he's a yes on confirmation, survivors of sexual assault confronted Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator, and he couldn't even look them in the eye.

"I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said.

The fact Ms. Keyser says she didn't know Mr. Kavanaugh in those days is another set back for Ms. Ford.

"I am digging my heels in, and I'm hoping that a lot of conservatives are determined to vote Republican", Round said.

Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school. Chris Coons of DE, and crafted a plan to force the hands of McConnell and President Trump.

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The senators eventually returned, and Flake announced that he would still vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination, on the condition that a final vote would be delayed no more than a week to allow for an investigation.

Trump went on. "It think it will work out very well for the country", he said. Three allegations have been lobbed at Judge Kavanaugh.

A USA official briefed on the matter said its not unusual for the White House to set the parameters of an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check for a presidential nominee.

Judge met with his lawyer Friday morning in Washington, after returning from being holed up in a Bethany Beach, Delaware, home. Jeff Flake told the Senate Judiciary Committee as he proposed the delay.

"I have deep reservations about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to this lifetime position and, as I stated, we have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination, despite my best efforts".

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"He does not have the veracity nor temperament for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in our nation", Sen. "And no such nominee should be confirmed in the face of such serious, credible and unresolved allegations of sexual assault". Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) "explosive, volcanic floor statement that provided everybody with a real account, for once, of what is actually going on".

"I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me". Would he believe me despite that?

Shortly after the Judiciary Committee convened Friday, the panel voted down a motion on party lines by Sen.

FILE - U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Republicans have argued Democrats are engaged in a smear campaign aimed at halting a Senate vote and scoring political points before November's mid-term elections.

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