Sexual Assault Survivors Confront Pro-Kavanaugh Senator In An Elevator

Sexual Assault Survivors Confront Pro-Kavanaugh Senator In An Elevator

Republican senator Jeff Flake changed his mind at the last minute to support Mr Kavanaugh but only if there was a full investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump announced Friday.

On Twitter later Friday, Trump wrote: "Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

"After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge", Flake said in a release Friday.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California-based professor who alleged Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" when he sexually assaulted her during a small party in the 1980s, was the first accuser who was publicly identified. "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies". Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, did propose a delay of up to a week to allow the FBI to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on the nomination. Yesterday, we heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh.

The committee vote followed a jarring and emotional hearing on Thursday in which Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. He denounced his treatment as a political hit orchestrated by Democrats.

After hearing about Mr Flake's request, she said the sequence of events suggested their conversation helped move him. And coming weeks before elections, it ensured that debate would play into the fight for control of Congress.

Mr Flake, cornered in the lift, shifted between looking at them and looking down.

"I do think we can have a short pause and make sure the FBI can investigate", Mr.

A green light for Kavanaugh from the committee is a step for the Republicans toward confirming him as Supreme Court judge, despite his dubious history, the vehement opposition of Democrats and the dark cloud of suspicion that hangs over him. They were shaking their heads, but didn't make a sound.

Moments later, the full committee voted on Kavanaugh's nomination, and it advanced, as expected, along party lines.

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Some conservatives hope Kavanaugh's appointment could lead to a reversal of the court's protection for women's abortion rights and for "affirmative action" programs supporting minorities in schools and jobs.

"This is a nomination that deserves to move forward", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Given the unprecedented situation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation could also employ novel tools, or create a "special" investigative team that exists across agency divisions, the former officials said.

President Trump is also weighing in on Ford's testimony.

"We have different branches of government", LePage said.

".@LindseyGrahamSC has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined".

Grassley has also pointed out that the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen.

Flake said that after discussing the matter with fellow senators, he felt it "would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week".

"This was someone who was aggressive and belligerent".