Trump Reacts To Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony On Sexual Assault Allegation

Kavanaugh Accuser Speaks Out ‘I Don’t Think He Belongs on the Supreme Court’More

Kavanaugh Accuser Speaks Out ‘I Don’t Think He Belongs on the Supreme Court’More

Graham also questioned whether Ford's attorneys were politically motivated.

"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. Trump also said Kavanaugh's testimony had been "incredible".

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. Republican senators have refused to call for an investigation. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who read from the ABA's endorsement of Kavanaugh, and who described the American Bar Association as "the gold standard".

We will be covering events as they unfold during the day.

Apart from getting death threats, Dr Ford and the two other women have been called a part of a smear campaign by some Republicans and Trump. Democratic questioners are certain to ask uncomfortable questions about Kavanaugh's youth that could create defensive or combative moments. The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding, "It's locked in there".

She said she feared the personal consequences would be akin to "jumping in front of a train".

She said that she made her initial contact upon learning that Kavanaugh was on the shortlist of possible picks but before he was nominated, and that she had meant to remain anonymous.

"My preference would be to keep him", Trump said Wednesday.

Later, she told Senator Dick Durbin that her certainty was "100%".

Soon after the hearing ended, Trump issued a tweet praising Kavanaugh's testimony as "powerful, honest, and riveting".

As the Associated Press notes, "Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard". One day earlier, he had blistered the Senate process as "a total sham", accused Democrats of a conspiracy of obstruction and declared on Twitter, "The Senate must vote!"

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Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a longtime committee member, said he thinks Kavanaugh will get confirmed by a party-line vote. "While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well". A successful committee vote is not essential to send a nomination to the floor.

Three weeks ago, she and her two daughters sat with pride at the launch of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. "But at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at Borking".

When the committee's top Democrat, Sen. "I'm sorry to interrupt".

Ms Gillibrand, a long-time advocate for survivors of sexual violence, said the message Republicans were sending to sexual assault survivors - through the hearing and their support for Mr Kavanaugh - was, "We don't believe you, your voice doesn't matter and we don't value you".

The conservative jurist's Senate confirmation had seemed assured until Ford came forward, and then other women emerged with additional allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Would you like to say more about it?"

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, struggled to hold back tears, particularly when he referred to his own family, and said that his family and his name had been "totally and permanently destroyed".

"I want to know what you want to do, judge!" He later apologised to her.

He later sparred with Democratic senators as they questioned him, saying his family and reputation had been "destroyed" by the uncorroborated claims suddenly brought against him.

President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn on return from New York City, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the White House in Washington.

"We're listening and watching like everybody else", said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the hearing was still going on.

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