Two wavering Republican senators lambasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for mocking a woman who has claimed Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, underscoring the risks of assailing Kavanaugh's three accusers as Senate support teeters for the Supreme Court nominee.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin speaks with reporters in the Senate Hart building as a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh takes place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 4, 2018.
Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were reportedly among those arrested.
The lawyers said they were "heartened" when they learned last week that the investigation into Kavanaugh would be reopened. So if they're not interviewing the two people at the center of this incident and they're not talking to anyone who may be able to corroborate anything in these claims other than Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, what the hell is the FBI investigating? Flake said he saw no additional corroborating information against Kavanaugh, although he was "still reading" it.
Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.
"No Democrat except one, maybe two are going to vote for Brett Kavanaugh". When the agreement to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation do an additional background check on the Supreme Court nominee was reached last week, Flake indicated that he would vote in support of Kavanaugh absent new information. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is leaving office and not seeking re-election. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman whose claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her sparked the probe, had not been contacted as of Wednesday, her attorneys said.
Republican senator Chuck Grassley said he received a briefing from staff on the confidential report and says "there's nothing in it that we didn't already know".
A 21-year-old protester from California, who asked not to be identified, told The Independent: "I believe that the federal government is not addressing the sexual assault epidemic that has been allowed to happen". A number of Kavanaugh's former high school or college classmates have come forward to describe his conduct from their youth, including a North Carolina State University professor, Chad Ludington. He'll vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation as long as there is an FBI investigation into Ford's allegations. Agreement by a majority of the 100 senators would advance Kavanaugh's nomination. He said he disagreed with how Trump disparaged Ford, but, he added, "It can be worse".
Stevens, an appointee of Republican President Gerald Ford who often sided with liberal justices on key rulings, told a group of retirees that he initially thought Kavanaugh was qualified, but that "his performance at the hearings ultimately changed my mind".
But Republicans, spearheaded by President Trump, have questioned the reliability of Ms Ford's account.
No copies will be made of the report, as is standard, so senators will have to go to the room to learn what is in it.
Neither has said how she will vote. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory. 'How did you get there?' I don't remember.
Some protesters, many dressed in black, crowded into the Hart Senate Office Building after rallying in front of the Supreme Court on a sunny, warm autumn day.
"But we likely never will know, given that your agents were barred from investigating", Pittard said.
Christine Blasey Ford said he drunkenly groped her and attempted to take her clothes off in what she believed was a rape attempt when they were teenagers decades ago.