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Why Brett Kavanaugh’s Hearings Convinced Me That He’s Guilty

28 September 2018

Senators of the Republican Party have said that the Senate judiciary committee has made a decision to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the US Supreme Court candidate backed by President Donald Trump, on Friday (Sept 28) morning.

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. A committee vote is set for 1:30 p.m. on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate. In her powerful testimony on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to "relive this trauma in front of the world", but was "100 percent certain that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her". Hours later, Kavanaugh angrily denied it, alternating a loud, defiant tone with near tears as he addressed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford was widely praised for her compelling and convincing testimony in Thursday's hearing, but the fact that she can't name the date and location of the alleged offence makes the claim hard to prosecute, experts say.

While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for the critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it.

Four Senators whose votes will be key to deciding whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed met behind closed doors Thursday evening without reaching any conclusion, one of them said.

A Senate committee is currently discussing his nomination but the judge has now secured the confidence of Republican Jeff Flake, who had wavered in his support for the judge.

The American Bar Association late Thursday urged the Judiciary committee and the full Senate to delay the vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation has time to do a full background check on the claims made by Ford and other women.

Dr. Ford opened with an emotional, tearful recount of the alleged sexual attack by Kavanaugh. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

The decision by Corker, who is retiring at the end of his term in January, has occasionally fought with the President, leaves three key Republican senators to watch: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping the full Senate will quickly deliver a final, positive verdict on Mr Kavanaugh - possibly as soon as Tuesday. Only 113 people have ever served on the Supreme Court, and I believe that we must do our level best to protect its sanctity.

Three political scientists who specialize in voting behavior and political psychology told Reuters they expected Ford's testimony to galvanize female Democratic voters to vote in November.

The American Bar Association wants a delay on the vote to allow the FBI to investigate the claims by Prof Ford.

She said a then 17-year-old Kavanaugh drunkenly forced her down on a bed, 'groped me and tried to take off my clothes'.

Repeatedly Democrats asked Kavanaugh to call for an FBI investigation into the claims.

If every Democrat votes no, Republicans can only lose the support of one of their members and still confirm Kavanaugh to the high court.

I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony. Trump's tweet later used the same "search and destroy" language.

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"I believed he was going to rape me."

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When a reporter asked whether he wanted to respond to the women's questions, he said no.