Senate panel sets afternoon vote on Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh


Republicans appear to have the votes to push Judge Kavanaugh through the committee on a party-line vote, and they are moving to speed him to the Senate floor, saying Thursday's testimony by Christine Blasey Ford alleging a sexual assault 36 years ago was compelling, but ultimately unsubstantiated. While almost every other Republican on the panel was leaning forward and appearing sympathetic to Kavanaugh as the judge angrily decried Democratic tactics and emotionally defended himself, Flake notably leaned back, at times with his arms crossed, at times scowling. "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

She claims to have been traumatised by the event. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and angrily defended himself at his portion of Thursday's hearing.

Another woman prevented the elevator from closing by standing in the door, pressing, "Senator Flake, do you think that Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth?"

Asked his thoughts on Kavanaugh's testimony, Leahy responded: "I found it well rehearsed". According to a person briefed on the meeting, she shared her analysis of the hearing overall, but didn't tell lawmakers how they should vote. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

This is the dramatic moment that two female protesters, and alleged rape victims, trapped Sen.

While Ford said she came forward to give the senators an understanding of Kavanaugh's character as they examined him for a seat in the country's apex court.

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After days of back-and-forth with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford is set to testify about her allegation Thursday. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words, as that male student and another stood nearby.

Graham called Ford a "nice lady", but said her story was uncorroborated and pointed to Kavanaugh's denial of her allegations. The formal vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation will likely take place early next week.

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

The senator has indicated that his mind is not yet made up about Kavanaugh. "Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate's reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court".

"There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly", Sen.

He accused Democrats further of trying to use the allegations against Kavanaugh to delay the confirmation process and ultimately prevent President Donald Trump from getting Kavanaugh on the court.

Kavanaugh on Wednesday once again rejected the allegations as "last minute smears" that were "false and uncorroborated".