Kavananugh: Maybe I Was ‘Too Emotional’ in Senate Testimony

05 October, 2018, 13:23 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday to explain his intense and angry behavior during last week's hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats want a briefing from the FBI about the investigation, but Republicans declined that request.

McConnell had said Wednesday morning that senators supporting Kavanaugh would not be deterred from voting this week by protesters in the Senate hallways.

Hyde-Smith didn't answer. The Mississippi Republican, sworn in last April for a seat the GOP needs to keep, hopped on a Senate subway that sped her toward the Capitol.

"An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation", they said, adding that "those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Meanwhile, multiple Republicans have said that the document contains no evidence against Kavanaugh. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Sen.

"This investigation found no hint of misconduct", Mr Grassley said in a statement.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report showed that the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh were "totally uncorroborated".

Kavanaugh said his tone at the hearing was a reflection of "my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of terrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character".

The group says Kavanaugh told "outright falsehoods".

Susan Collins, a crucial unknown vote: "It appears to be a very thorough investigation". The report is confidential and has not been made public. Another Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, told reporters it was a "whitewash".

The White House's position indicates a push from Kavanaugh's backers for quick action on the nomination, which has verged on collapse at times by the weight of mounting sexual misconduct allegations.There will now be even more pressure on undecided Republican senators ahead of the test vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

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Several Democratic senators that have come out against Kavanaugh said the judge doesn't deserve the presumption of innocence and one senator, Sen.

The movement to stop Kavanaugh isn't just a "woman's issue" fight - Hillary Shelton of the NAACP spoke on numerous issues that Judge Kavanaugh has been awful on such as voting rights and race.

Timing is everything. This supplemental FBI investigation of new claims against Kavanaugh would've happened two months ago had Senate Democrats followed standard procedures and shared the letter they received from Ford, detailing her allegations against Kavanaugh with their Republican colleagues and the FBI.

The Senate plans to hold a procedural vote on Friday on Kavanaugh's nomination, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said he expected Kavanaugh to be confirmed on Saturday.

He wrote that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused".

"This is now the 7th. time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump wrote.

Democrats complained that the investigation, running just six days after Trump reluctantly ordered it, was shoddy, omitting interviews with numerous potential witnesses.

Demonstrators wait in-line to enter Hart Senate Office Building for a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Their decision could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination.

Prof Ford, a California academic, accused him of pinning her to a bed and groping her drunkenly at a 1982 house party when both were teenagers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supports Kavanaugh's nomination, addressed the stream of protesters from the Senate floor Wednesday, talking about how Republicans are coming into contact with protesters in their offices.


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