Oct 06 2018 by Lorena Waters
US President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans have gained confidence that his US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could win Senate confirmation after two wavering lawmakers responded positively to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge.
McConnell has implied his party has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court, however, a potential showdown by Senate Democrats can not be ruled out just yet.
The Republican leader filed a motion setting up a Friday vote on whether to limit debate on Kavanaugh and move forward.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R) Arizona also condemned the President's statements. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee added that it was time for the Senate to vote on the jurist's high-court confirmation.
'Senators claiming to want a dignified debate should not repeat lies constructed by the Judiciary Committee that were cynically created to win support for Judge Kavanaugh, ' the statement issued late Friday said. Kavanaugh and Ford both testified during a hearing into the allegations on September 27.
"What we reviewed today in a very limited time", Feinstein said. After all, this is all about him and his fitness for the seat on the Supreme Court, which is a lifetime appointment.
At a rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump delivered an impression of Ford's testimony before Congress, mocking her for not remembering details about the night she claims she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. Republicans says the report clears Kavanaugh's name, and they are pushing for a confirmation vote.
She has been under pressure from liberals since Kavanaugh was nominated by the Republican president in July. While some Democrats have described the probe as being insufficient to calm concerns about Kavanaugh's past, a few key Republicans have suggested they approve of the probe's thoroughness.
The investigation was authorized by the White House last Friday after Ford and Kavanaugh delivered emotional testimony on her allegations that she was assaulted by the Supreme Court nominee at a party when they were teenagers. Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, two activists opposed to Kavanaugh, approached Flake in an elevator last week, just after he announced that he meant to vote for him. Kavanaugh and Democratic senators scowled and shouted at each other as he angrily, and sometimes tearfully, denied the claims. Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behavior while drinking are exaggerated.
Earlier in the day, Trump bemoaned what he says has become the marching orders in the #MeToo movement - guilty until proven innocent.
"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday. Kavanaugh could provide the decisive vote to roll back abortion rights, outlaw affirmative action programs and slash environmental regulations. If elevated, he could be ruling on gay rights, reproductive rights, gun control, and matters arising out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and civil lawsuits against Trump. Some, like Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, stands firmly on Kavanaugh's side, whereas others, including women - like Padma Lakshmi, model, judge on Top Chef and American Civil Liberties Union ambassador of women's rights and immigration - came forward about their own stories of sexual assault.
Minnesota Senator Tina Smith said she had one hour to review the report Thursday.
Here's the bottom line: He apparently believes it's okay to short-circuit the legal process - in this case the FBI investigation he authorized - and just jump to the conclusion Ford must be a liar.
In choosing who is telling the truth, 45 percent said Ford is, up from 32 percent ahead of her September 27 testimony. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, called the investigation illegitimate without an inquiry into Swetnick's claims.
On Wednesday, the three Republican senators key to Kavanaugh's approval blasted Trump for mocking Ford's memory lapses at a political rally. The FBI probably won't try to resolve disputes between conflicting witnesses, and witnesses wouldn't be tested by polygraph, he said.
To me the allegation is important, but something is missing in this process. "Normally, it is not, out of respect for the privacy for the person being investigated, but this is an unusual circumstance", said Sen. He said the president owed Ford an immediate apology. The claims prompted an outpouring from women on social media who recounted being sexually assaulted and not telling anyone about what had happened.
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