Trump gets the fierce Kavanaugh showing he wanted

Arturo Kim
October 1, 2018

A procedural test vote is expected on the Senate floor Saturday, and Republican leaders' goal is to hold a final Senate vote early next week.

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ford.

The governor, he said Thursday, "continues to support Trump and this troubling nominee". Viewing the hearing from their desks, some aides expressed concerns that Ford appeared highly credible, though others noted there were still gaps in her decades-old story.

Dershowitz echoed the widespread call for an investigation after the emotional testimony of Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, earlier in the day. While another boy watched, she said, Kavanaugh tried to pull her clothes off and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

Ms Feinstein criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment".

The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said.

Kavanaugh vowed to continue his bid to join the high court, to which President Donald Trump nominated him in July.

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Patrick Leahy asked for her strongest memory of the incident, Ford, 51, replied, " Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter ". Committee staff also spoke by phone "with another man who believes he, not Judge Kavanuagh, had the encounter with Dr.


After Mr Kavanaugh talked about how he "busted his butt" on academics and played sports in high school, Mr Leahy said: "We got a filibuster but not a single answer". Judge has denied being involved in any such sexual assault or in actions alleged by other women that have also surfaced in relation to Kavanaugh in recent weeks.

After huddling in the Capitol, senators said the Judiciary Committee will hold a Friday morning vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation.

Graham said Democrats' behavior in the hearing showed "they never meant to protect Dr. Ford". She showed no hesitancy in affirming the crucial question about the alleged incident, telling senators her certainty that Kavanaugh was her attacker was "100 per cent". "His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", he tweeted. And in a September 17 interview with Judiciary Committee staffers, he said he didn't recall ever meeting her. They convened late into the evening in a room in the Capitol with various senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, raising pointed questions, according to those familiar with the private meeting but granted anonymity to discuss it.

Some of those questions were drafted by a young attorney named Brett Kavanaugh, who in a painfully awkward coincidence faced a similar onslaught of invasive queries Thursday from senators considering whether he should be confirmed to the US Supreme Court.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh came out with defensive guns blazing on Thursday, insisting the assault never happened, accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemning his confirmation battle as a "national disgrace". "The voters of CT deserve to know where candidates for governor - who are running to appoint Connecticut's cabinet officials and Supreme Court Justices - stand on Brett Kavanaugh". Kavanaugh denied the accusation.

"This whole two-week effort have been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about president Trump and the 2016 election", he said, adding that they were seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups". She admitted gaps in her memory as she choked back tears and said she "believed he was going to rape me". According to his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh plans to tell senators that he "said and did things in high school that make me cringe now" - but that he "never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes". "In retrospect, a Twitter poll is insensitive in light of the gravity of the hearing", the newspaper said.

"Is it possible that both Ford and Kavanaugh are truthfully stating what they honestly believe, but that one of them is honestly mistaken?" "I like beer", he said, but he also said he had never passed out and never attacked Ms Ford. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) called a "sham" of a proceeding.

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