Democrats Protest As Republicans Likely Lock Up Kavanaugh Committee Approval

Charlene Craig
October 1, 2018

Republicans assigned a female prosecutor to question Ms Ford on their behalf, even though "she's not on trial", Ms Gillibrand said.

"I guess I'm hoping that she can hear that her voting yes not only is going to have an effect on individuals, but I'm hoping she hears that it's going to have an effect on her politically", Whitman said.

Kavanaugh had been stilted and overly programmed prior to Thursday, including in his initial round of Senate hearings and in an interview with Fox News earlier in the week. "In retrospect, a Twitter poll is insensitive in light of the gravity of the hearing", the newspaper said.

It was clear Republicans were still short of votes for final Senate approval after Thursday's hearing.

Several Democrat senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) focused on claims that Kavanaugh was a heavy drinker in high school and college, and that he might not remember attacking Ford at a party because he had been drunk.

He advised moderates waffling on their Kavanaugh vote decisions to join him in supporting the judge.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and can only afford one defection in their bid to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming they secure no Democratic votes.

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"If Monica Lewinsky says that you inserted a cigar into her vagina while you were in the Oval Office area, would she be lying?"

Flake and two other key Republican swing votes on the Kavanaugh nomination - Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - will ultimately decide the judge's fate.Collins and Murkowski are undecided, along with West Virginia Sen.

REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ of Texas: "All three of those fact witnesses have stated on the record under penalty of perjury that they do not recall what she is alleging happening".

Kavanaugh, finding himself more cornered, chose to defend himself and insisted in an interview with Fox News that he was a virgin throughout in his high school days and beyond and that he had never sexually assaulted anybody.

Brett Kavanaugh denied allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students and angrily told Congress that Democrats were engaged in "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also praised Kavanaugh.

Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

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How will Democrats question Kavanaugh?

Lieu's tweet refers to Swetnick, the Kavanaugh accusers who alleges he and friends held parties and plied women with drugs and alcohol to facilitate gang raping them.

The panel will see both witnesses face five minutes of questioning from each senator on the panel, or a lawyer if senators choose to yield their time. The hearing ended Thursday evening after eight hours worth of testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh. "You have replaced "advice and consent" with "search and destroy"".

The federal judge actually cried as he described the toll the allegations have taken on his parents, his wife, and his ten-year-old daughter, repeating that none of them harbor any "ill will" for Ford or her family.

"But right now there are too many unanswered questions to bring the confirmation of Kavanaugh ― currently a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ― to a vote of the Judiciary Committee as scheduled on Friday, much less to a vote of the full Senate". "But you know, you have stuff like this, and that doesn't mean it didn't happen, and that doesn't mean it can just go away". "This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics", said Senator Lindsey Graham of SC. Feinstein suggested Ford's friends, not her staffers, had leaked information about the letter.

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", an emotional Ford told senators and millions of viewers watching on television.

Asked by Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, for her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ms Ford mentioned the two boys' "laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense". How often, and after which questions, Kavanaugh pauses and turns to Wilkinson before answering questions could also be telling.

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