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US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Flake is a particularly unique position as he is the only member of this group who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is now still scheduled to vote on whether to sign off on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday morning.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a favorable recommendation Friday afternoon, a move that will advance his nomination to the full Senate for an up-or-down vote.

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after agreeing to a late call from Republican Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. was blocked by Republicans in a vote.

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began. "Haven't decided yet", Hawaii Sen.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says it's going to fall to him to lay out to U.S. President Donald Trump why Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation vote has been delayed. "What a railroad job", Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono said.

TV footage shows Mr Flake, of Arizona, being blocked from closing the elevator door as one woman berated him, saying 'Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me'.

That's the way Christine Blasey Ford described the details of what she says was a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on a summer evening three decades ago. Two other women - Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick - also levied allegations but were not allowed to testify.

The reversal is significant given Kavanaugh has repeatedly cited his Catholic faith and Jesuit education in defending himself against Ford's accusations.

In their new editorial, America's editors said they were still committed to finding a justice with Kavanaugh's textualist approach to jurisprudence that is suspicious of the kind of judicial innovation that led to the Roe decision. However, the Committee voted to recommend confirmation. and did NOT insist on the one-week delay.

After committee chair Chuck Grassley's announcement that the committee will vote at 1:30 p.m. Friday, NBC notes that Booker and Harris "sat there in silence" when they were called to vote.

Ford, recounting the day of the alleged attack, said she was 100 percent certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her in a home during a gathering of high school students. Kavanaugh does not seem able to imagine even the possibility that Democrats actually believe the women accusing him of sexual assault. But he voted no and the motion was defeated along party lines.

The Republican from SC then turned his attention back to Kavanaugh and asked: "Are you a gang rapist?" Flake did not change his pained expression.

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

Meanwhile, Republicans continued inside and it was increasingly clear they were frustrated by the length of the process. That is what binds us to the rule of law.

Leading Democrats on the committee lambasted how the process had resulted in its dissipation of power.

The effect of the assault, she said, was years of struggle in college, a lifetime of claustrophobia and panic. And White House allies noted the importance of how Fox would cover the proceedings in shaping Trump's reactions.

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. All appeared to be undecided as of Friday.

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