Kavanaugh Refuses to Call For FBI Investigation As Senators Grow Emotional

Posted October 01, 2018

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Kavanaugh said he did not watch Blasey Ford's testimony but he categorically denied her allegations.

Kavanaugh's nomination had appeared back on track earlier Friday when he cleared a key hurdle at the Senate Judiciary Committee. A successful committee vote is not essential to send a nomination to the floor. But their statements do not disprove the allegations, either.

"His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", Trump tweeted. "The Senate must vote!"

However, despite being pressed repeatedly by Democrats to call for an FBI investigation into the claims of Ford and others, Kavanaugh declined to do so, saying instead: "I welcome whatever the committee wants to do".

Kavanaugh's nomination will then go to the full Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 edge. Democrats are expected to oppose the nominee. It is not necessary for Kavanaugh to secure the majority approval of the Judiciary Committee in order to advance to the full Senate and be confirmed; in 1991, Clarence Thomas was not recommended by the committee before ultimately becoming a justice. "The committee is going to vote".

There were indications late Thursday that other crucial senators remained undecided.

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Senator Orrin Hatch, of Utah, called the hearing a "national disgrace", while Texas Senator John Cornyn said it was the most "embarrassing scandal for the US Senate since the McCarthy hearings" in the 1950s. He said, "We just do the best we can".

There's not much doubt what Kavanaugh will say about Ford. Kavanaugh said that the allegations-all three of them-were false and have irreparably damaged his reputation and damaged his family life. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy. "But at the very least, there needs to be an FBI investigation in the matter".

"As a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety", his letter said.

Trump criticized Democrats for the last-minute hearing and their treatment of his Supreme Court nominee.

She showed no hesitancy in affirming the crucial question about the alleged incident, telling senators her certainty that Mr Kavanaugh was her attacker was "100%". "You may defeat me in the final vote but you'll never get me to quit".

Trump nominated the conservative jurist in what was supposed to be an election year capstone to the GOP agenda, locking in the court's majority for years to come. The hearing ended Thursday evening after eight hours worth of testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh. "When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling". Grassley moves over - and I hope he doesn't because I think he's done a great job - I'm going to remember this.

When the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

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"That's not the type of behavior that anybody at any age should do", she said.

Ford told The Post that she told her therapist and her husband about the encounter in 2012.

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ford. She said she came forward not for political reasons, but because it was her "civic duty".

"An angry Kavanaugh, who testified after Ford, declared: "My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed".

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ms Ford. They've accused Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they'd not publicly revealed them for decades.

"This has never been about the truth".

President Trump - who would have to request such an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - said moments earlier than he would defer to the Senate and whatever Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to do.

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"Given that people probably lost a lot of trust in him", said Farius. "I am. furious. How many of you are furious?" "I liked beer. I still like beer". Ford spoke of her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982.