American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh vote

American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh vote

American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh vote

In an emotional day like few others in Senate history, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly but firmly recounted her "100 percent" certainty Thursday that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers - and then Brett Kavanaugh defiantly testified he was "100 percent certain" he did no such thing.

In another statement, Patrick J. Smyth, identified by Ford as being among those downstairs at the party, says "I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh'".

Kavanaugh proclaimed his innocence, denying Ford's allegation again and vowing defiantly: "You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit".

Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him.

"Another Democratic senator on this committee said, 'Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.' A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, 'Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.' I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators, your words have meaning". She said Trump thought Kavanaugh's testimony was "powerful, it was riveting and it was honest".

He called Democrats' "search and destroy strategy" disgraceful and said the process "has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct and resist".

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Friday on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Through a campaign spokesman, Sununu said the Senate "should think carefully about the next steps in this process".

In an apparent effort to appeal to senators on the fence, as well as to clear his name and unload on what he described as a deeply unfair and partisan process, Kavanaugh abandoned much of his prepared remarks to blast the proceedings as a "disgrace" and a "circus". Kavanaugh denied the accusation.

In his first remarks about Ford's testimony, the president said she was "very compelling" and looked like "a very fine woman to me", calling her "a credible witness". She said Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were drunk at the 1982 party when they pushed her into a bedroom. Both boys were inebriated, she said.

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Like many Americans, employees at the White House were riveted on the testimony of Kavanaugh and Ford throughout the day.

Kavanaugh, who has two daughters, said one of his girls said they should "pray for the woman" making the allegations against him, referring to Ford.

It was similar in OR, where Republican challenger Knute Buehler called for an FBI investigation into Ford's charges while Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Kavanaugh's nomination should be rejected. Kavanaugh said he "never assaulted anyone".

"Late Thursday, the magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States withdrew its endorsement of Kavanaugh, saying the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and "should be withdrawn".

Flake didn't ask Kavanaugh any questions during the hearing.

But Democrats have not figured out whether they will boycott Friday afternoon's committee vote.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved", the letter said, and referred to his previous letter sent on September 18. Ford delivered her testimony with deliberate certitude, though admitting gaps in her memory as she choked back tears at some points and said she "believed he was going to rape me". Also, in the rumor mill, several Democrats may break ranks and back Kavanaugh. "And it would be hard to justify - these allegations are coming up about him, but not other people - how do they justify putting him in such an important role?" Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of Kavanaugh's strongest backers, lashed out at Democrats.

With Kavanaugh's confirmation vote set for Friday, and the schedule permitting his ascension to the Supreme Court as quickly as next week, Democrats' only option to oppose Kavanaugh may be impeachment.

Hogan's opponent in the November election, Democrat Ben Jealous, said Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.

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