Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle

The attorney representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, said they appreciate the efforts of the senators who have supported that the FBI investigation be completed ahead of the Senate vote. Unfortunately, Judge Kavanaugh couldn't find time to discuss these concerns with me in person, so the only information I have is from what he said in his hearings.

Democrats have been calling for such an investigation, though Republicans and the White House have insisted it's unnecessary. Democrats repeated this demand at a dramatic hearing on Thursday, during which both Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the committee.

"And I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week, in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there".

Kavanaugh said he "will continue to cooperate" with what the Senate asks of him. "It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court", she said, but it is "my responsibility is to tell you the truth".

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday along party lines to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor.

After Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) publicly announced his support for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination this morning, the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee appeared to be a foregone conclusion.

A US Senate committee has voted to approve Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court as discussions continue over a possible Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct.

That leads to the third important point in all the discussion about an FBI investigation: Democrats and outside groups want whatever the Judiciary Committee or the Senate considers to have the imprimatur of the world's premier law enforcement agency.

Trump's statement Friday sharply contrasts with comments he made earlier this week, when he called Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh a Democratic "con game".

The letter marked a last-minute hitch in Kavanaugh's nomination and came at the end of a tumultuous day in which Ford, in an emotional appearance before the committee, accused Kavanaugh of attacking her at a Maryland house party in 1982.

"The consequences will extend long past my nomination", Kavanaugh said.

"It was created to scare me", he said. Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call to push off a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates Ford's allegation.

That increases the pressure on a handful of colleagues who haven't yet said whether they back Kavanaugh: Republican Sens. Two other women - Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick - also levied allegations but were not allowed to testify.

"I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, "grinding" against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls' clothing to expose private body parts", Swetnick said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to determine the future of Kavanaugh's nomination.

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