What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

Flake said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence ... absent corroborating evidence".

"I have never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever", Kavanaugh told the senators. When asked to say whether he believes Kavanaugh is telling the truth, Flake said nothing at all. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations. Meanwhile Ford, testified that she was "100%" certain Kavanaugh attacked her.

The 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats on the committee will decide whether to recommend Kavanaugh for approval by the entire Senate, which is expected to begin procedural votes Saturday.

In according Kavanaugh the rating, which was released late last month, the ABA noted that it had evaluated him for qualities such as "integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament".

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham lost his temper during his time to question Kavanaugh. But in this case, Flake could have insisted on an FBI investigation now while reserving for himself the right to vote for Kavanaugh later.

'I need to go to the hearing, ' he responded. "She gave good testimony".

Bush has spoken to Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia over the past several days - in an effort that the person familiar with the outreach says Bush initiated. Bob Corker have publicly said they plan to vote for Kavanaugh, though Maine Sen.

The remarkable testimony appears to have only sharpened the partisan divide over Donald Trump's nominee.

The president of Georgetown Prep, the Rev. James R. Van Dyke, has said the controversy over Ford's accusations has compelled the school to "evaluate our school culture" and redouble efforts to help students develop a healthy understanding of masculinity.

Trump also made clear that he was sticking by his nominee.

"His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump said.

In calling for the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before any vote could happen, Carlson urged the Senate to "remain an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics".

The Tennessee Republican, who isn't on the Judiciary Committee, said that Kavanaugh is "qualified to serve". That nomination was held up for three years, during which time Kavanaugh served as White House Staff Secretary.

In another development Thursday, America Magazine, an influential Jesuit publication, withdrew its support for Kavanaugh's nomination.

"If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman's report of an assault", the America magazine editors wrote.

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