Senators of the Republican Party have said that the Senate judiciary committee has made a decision to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the US Supreme Court candidate backed by President Donald Trump, on Friday (Sept 28) morning.
Brett Kavanaugh's contentious Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote on Friday, after a dramatic Senate hearing saw the judge furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations recounted in harrowing detail by his accuser.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford". "That is why I was one of the first members of the Senate to call on the judiciary committee to delay the original vote on the nomination so that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh could provide additional information". Kavanaugh replied, "For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament".
Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a court now divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.
The letter emerged before a planned vote Friday by the Judiciary Committee to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to the full Senate. "They are pushing through this process", said Sen.
Kavanaugh ditched his prepared remarks and instead issued a blistering statement declaring the confirmation process "a national disgrace".
She was followed by Kavanaugh, who fiercely denied the allegations and lashed out at Democrats on the panel.
None of the witnesses Ford has identified as being present at the party where she was allegedly assaulted - including Leland Ingham Keyser, her best friend at the time - have said they remember anything about the episode. Kavanaugh served as a staff attorney on independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton back in the 1990s. "I am terrified", she said, her voice often quivering.
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The Judiciary panel's day-long hearing, an extraordinary Senate airing of long-ago and painfully personal memories, came as GOP support for Mr Kavanaugh's ascension to Supreme Court lay in the balance.
Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez are two of the women who have accused US President Donald Trump's nominee of sexual assault, with Julie Swetnick, the third accuser, saying she had seen the SC hopeful of engaging in sexual misconduct.
"I believe you", Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, told her. Blumenthal also hit out at Trump for failing to authorize an FBI investigation into Blasey Ford's allegations, a move he said "amounts to a cover-up". "I like beer", he said, but he also said he'd never passed out and never attacked Ford. It also means that any cases the Supreme Court hears before a ninth justice is in place will be decided by just eight, raising the possibility of tie votes. Today she is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved", the letter said, and referred to his previous letter sent on September 18.
But Lynch said she thought that Kavanaugh would still be confirmed: "It's happened before, with Clarence Thomas, and I don't think the world has changed that much". Otherwise, Trump may have to consider an alternate plan, those officials said.
In 1991, there was also no #MeToo movement, the vast cultural and legal reckoning of the previous year on the issue of sexual misconduct that has toppled several powerful men in media, entertainment and business - and even the onetime federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski, who Kavanaugh clerked for early in the 1990s.
A Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, said he "found no reason to find (Blasey Ford) not credible". Lindsay Graham after the South Carolina Republican railed against Democrats, accusing them of treating Kavanaugh "despicably". Now, Whitman hopes Collins will consider how a yes vote on Kavanaugh will affect her if she seeks reelection in 2020 and, if she doesn't run, how the vote will affect her political legacy.