American Bar Association seeks delay in Brett Kavanaugh nomination

American Bar Association seeks delay in Brett Kavanaugh nomination

American Bar Association seeks delay in Brett Kavanaugh nomination

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Justice Committee hearing with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Kavanaugh's passionate defense came after a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.

That followed behind-the-scenes drama on the committee, which delayed a planned vote by about 30 minutes as Flake was huddled outside the room with both Democrats and Republicans to relay his concerns Friday afternoon.

The White House confirmed that Trump watched the testimony aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from NY.

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

Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard.

Donnelly voted in favor of President Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Neil Gorsuch, while Tester opposed him. Manchin's aide tweeted that he was still undecided. The Democrats have chosen to question Kavanaugh and Ford directly. They come against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement-and the hearing included sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats mirroring the atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied all of the allegations against him and is also scheduled to testify on Thursday to rebut Ford and the other women who have since come forward.

Appearing with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, the veteran jurist said he has fought for women's equality throughout his life and denied the charges brought against him by the women.

During her testimony, Ms Ford, now 51, said of Mr Kavanaugh: "I believed he was going to rape me".

"I thought it was compelling and sad that someone. had this trauma that's happened to her", he said. "I did not leak her story", the committee's ranking member said.

"I listened to the beginning of the hearing in my auto, and then I frantically put on my headphones for the few seconds when I'd be walking into the building", said Untermyer.

She said a drunken Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, pushed her into a bedroom, that Kavanaugh pinned her down and muffled her cries as he tried to pull off her clothes. His colleague Brit Hume said that "the more hesitant, the more fragile she has seemed, the more credible and powerful she seems to the audience". "While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well".

Kavanaugh, she added, proceeded to jump on top of her, and when she yelled for help, "Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming". The third person in the room jumped on the bed, the three tumbled to the floor, and Ford escaped.

Kamala Harris asked Judge Kavanaugh a seemingly insignificant question concerning the earlier testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that he was being questioned to rebut. "This is a circus".

Kavanaugh, occasionally in tears, emphasized on Thursday that the barrage of threats and uncorroborated accusations against him had taken a permanent toll on his family and reputation. He decried his confirmation opposition as a "national disgrace".

"I want to know what you want to do", Durbin said in an exchange that grew progressively louder.

"The same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now", Ford replied.

Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., announced they would vote to confirm Kavanaugh after the hearing. Grassley (again) talked with disdain about Ford's request for an FBI investigation.

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