After seeing Ford’s powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have difficulty to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers.
“That’s what you’re telling all women in America – that they don’t matter, they should just keep it to themselves.”
“And it is a time to talk with them honestly and even bluntly about what respect for others, especially respect for women and other marginalized people means in very practical terms_in actions and in words”, Van Dyke wrote to the school community September 20. “If that happens, I’m happy”.
Flake’s post on the committee has given him another platform.
His “yes” vote means Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed by the Judiciary Committee on Friday.
The vote is scheduled to begin at promptly 9:30 am ET. Democrats are not being heard. They were joined by Sens. Kamala Harris of California refusing to vote out of frustration with the process.
Brett Kavanaugh gains key Republican senator ahead of crucial committee vote.
“This is not a partisan moment, this is a moral moment in our nation”. “I can tell people are irritated”, he said.
Grassley has also pointed out that the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Hawaii Sen.
Murkowski, a supporter of abortion rights, may also disagree with Kavanaugh’s fundamental views on Roe v. Wade. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
“This has never been about the truth”. Dick Durbin of IL said Friday. “There’s the process before Kavanaugh, and the process after Kavanaugh”.
Ford’s allegations have thrown the outcome in doubt, however, in the 51-49 Republican-controlled Senate.
Flake stressed to reporters that, before the allegations came out, he was fully behind Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which would be no surprise to anyone who saw his beaming face at the first round of the judge’s confirmation hearings. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would do the same.
Kavanaugh wouldn’t answer directly when he was asked Thursday if he would agree to an FBI investigation, but said he would do whatever the Judiciary Committee wanted.
But the country’s leading legal organisation, the American Bar Association – which initially proclaimed the conservative Mr Kavanaugh highly qualified for the job – came out following the hearing urging a postponement until an FBI investigation could be carried out. Bob Corker said in a statement that, “while both individuals provided compelling testimony, nothing that has been presented corroborates the allegation”. When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota asked if he ever drank so much he blacked out, he snapped, “Have you?”
Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a “mean drunk” at parties they both attended growing up in suburban Maryland.
Said Flake: “I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week, in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there”.
Just in: After Senate Republican leaders agreed to delay Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has formally requested that the White House conduct a “supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation background check”.
After the hearing, Judge issued a statement via his attorney, once again denying any recollection of the incident described by Ford. “I’ll be voting against him”.
Manchin is up for re-election this fall in a state Donald Trump won overwhelmingly and supported Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe contributed.