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Kavanaugh, Ford testify in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing

29 September 2018

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

"I know any kind of investigation-Senate, FBI, Montgomery County Police-will clear me", Kavanaugh said Thursday.

Joe Manchin. Facing a re-election vote in November in the pro-Trump state of West Virginia, he said on Friday that he supported Flake's call to delay voting so the FBI can investigate. Senate Republicans had initially planned to vote to confirm Kavanaugh as early as Monday.

That will, of course, throw off the schedule Republican leaders had in mind: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) eyed a quick floor vote on on the nominee, possibly as early as tomorrow.

In her written testimony submitted Wednesday, Ford pushed back against Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who have cast her as part of a smear campaign meant to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Democrats repeatedly countered that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should fully investigate allegations against Kavanaugh, saying it's the only way to ensure credibility in the nomination process. Jeff Flake for an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, despite voting to send his nomination to the Supreme Court to the full Senate. Without the support of Mr Flake and one other Republican senator -and assuming all Democrats vote against - the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh cannot occur. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) remain undecided.

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Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said an FBI investigation "has to be more than a sham, and a charade".

Senator Flake was on his way to the morning hearing when the two women, both affiliated with advocacy groups, told him they were sexual assault survivors.

Grassley has also pointed out that the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen.

The day before the hearing, Trump said he wished the Senate moved forward with the vote instead of allowing Ford's testimony.

And Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California said that House Democrats could also push for the impeachment of Kavanaugh.

Two women cornered Senator Flake as he got in an elevator on Friday, local time, pleading for him to reconsider his support for the appeals court judge who has been accused of sexual assaulting Christine Blasey Ford when he was a teenager.

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Kavanaugh said his life has been changed forever because of these allegations and how they were handled by the committee.

Judge has said he does not recall any such incident.

Judge renewed his denials about being involved with any sexual misconduct and said that he would "cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations".

Flake, a 55-year-old Arizonan, has made himself a central character in the drama.

Flake is retiring at the end of this session and has frequently clashed with President Trump. This post was updated following the committee vote.

McConnell would likely only agree to such a maneuver if he thought the nomination likely to fail without Flake's vote.

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Kavanaugh, Ford testify in Senate Judiciary Committee hearing