Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown

01 October, 2018, 14:17 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Counsel Charles Ogeltree uses a legal pad to cover a microphone as he advises law professor Anita Hill during her testimony O

Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.

"I am nobody's pawn", she said.

She was also by his side as her husband was interviewed by Fox News this week about the allegations he is now facing.

Judge told the Judiciary Committee Friday that he would "cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations".

As deferential and hushed as Ms Ford's delivery was, Mr Kavanaugh's was incensed and combative.

Republicans' margin for error in the full Senate is slim.

"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its endorsement of Kavanaugh, saying the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and "should be withdrawn".

As The Associated Press notes, "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".

"I have to say that I fear for the future".

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Kavanaugh during the hearing if he was one of the characters, Bart O'Kavanaugh, in Judge's book called "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk", which was written in 1997.

REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ of Texas: "All three of those fact witnesses have stated on the record under penalty of perjury that they do not recall what she is alleging happening".

More than a 1,000 fellow Holton-Arms high school graduates have also lent their support for fellow graduate Dr Ford and their belief in her accusations through a letter presented to Senator Shelley Moore Capito. Instead the nomination that Republicans were rushing for a vote now hangs precariously after one of the most emotionally charged hearings Capitol Hill has ever seen.

Her account, delivered in a soft and sometimes-halting voice, came as the judiciary panel began an extraordinary session that Republicans hope will let them salvage Mr Kavanaugh's chances of joining the high court. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently sparred with President Trump, announced he would support the nominee Thursday night.

How will Democrats question Kavanaugh?

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". He interrupted senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant "whatever".

Rauner's spokesman said the governor was traveling Thursday and did not watch Ford's testimony.

"You have replaced "advice and consent" with "search and destroy," he told the senators, referring to the Constitution's charge to senators" duties in confirming high officials.

Friday's scheduled vote is an effort by Republicans to bring a swift end to a confirmation process roiled by sexual assault allegations, even as Democrats demand more answers.

In an election-season battle that's being waged along a polarised nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh.

The federal judge actually cried as he described the toll the allegations have taken on his parents, his wife, and his ten-year-old daughter, repeating that none of them harbor any "ill will" for Ford or her family.

"I want to know what you want to do, judge!" Neither did her staff, she maintained.

In her testimony earlier in the day, Ford - who had told Feinstein in her July letter that the party included "included me and 4 others" - changed the tally, and told senators that there were four boys there, in addition to her female friend.

The 51-year-old mother of two said the incident was seared into her mind through trauma, while admitting some gaps in her memory around the attack.

Mitchell's attempt to draw out a counter-narrative - mainly that Ford was coordinating with Democrats - was disrupted by the panel's decision to allow alternating five-minute rounds of questions from Democratic senators.



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