Trump backs Kavanaugh calling his testimony 'powerful, honest, and riveting'

Trump backs Kavanaugh calling his testimony 'powerful, honest, and riveting'

Trump backs Kavanaugh calling his testimony 'powerful, honest, and riveting'

Grassley announced that the committee will "request the administration to instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation". Jeff Flake asked for Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed on the Senate floor by one week in order to ask for an FBI investigation.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News. Bob Corker said in a statement that, "while both individuals provided compelling testimony, nothing that has been presented corroborates the allegation". "I am here today not because I want to be", Blasey Ford said as she recounted the alleged assault at a high school party at a suburban Maryland home. The visuals the Republicans had feared - male senators attacking a woman who was talking about a sexual assault - were no longer applicable.

Graham "may have just done more than a Trump rally to rally the base", said NBC's Chuck Todd. "The Senate must vote!"

"Thursday's testimony appears to have only sharpened the partisan divide over Trump's nominee". But he reiterated he still believes Kavanaugh's nomination will ultimately be successful and said that he had not even thought about a new nominee if the vote on Kavanaugh fails. South Carolina Republican Sen.

The proceedings were shown all day on the nation's major TV networks, starting with Ford's unwavering account in the morning and Kavanaugh's equally emphatic response in the afternoon.

"You have a group of baby boomers and Gen Xers and millennials. who are like 'We're not going to put up with this anymore, '" De Pas said.

The allegations against Kavanaugh by Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, have threatened to derail Trump's bid to tilt the highest USA court to the right for years to come.

"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh said.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote - after Arizona GOP Sen.

The surprising move came after some behind-the-scenes drama on the committee, which delayed a planned vote by about 30 minutes as Flake was huddled outside the room with both Democrats and Republicans to relay his concerns. "While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well".

Republicans are reluctant for several reasons, including the likelihood 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.

It was one hearing, with just two witnesses. Ford delivered her testimony with steady, deliberate certitude.

He repeatedly fought to control his tears as he talked about how the allegation has destroyed his family.

Kavanaugh proclaimed his innocence, denying Ford's allegation again and vowing defiantly: "You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit". Shortly after I was nominated the Democratic Senate leader said he would "oppose me with everything" he's got.

Going into the hearing, Trump had grown increasingly frustrated, angry at members of his staff - and, in particular, White House counsel Don McGahn - for not better managing the confirmation process for his second Supreme Court nominee. 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.

"He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me", she said.

Judge has said he does not recall the incident and he reiterated that point in a letter to the committee released late Thursday. Republicans on the committee had defeated a motion from Sen.

"The more I listened to him, there was nothing he said that made me doubt Dr. Ford's accusation", Alexander said. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent". Dianne Feinsten and Patrick Leahy were inappropriate.

She said her most powerful memory was "the uproarious laughter between the two, and them having fun at my expense". This first allegation was held in secret for weeks by a Democratic member of this committee and by staff.

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace". He mocked Ford's allegations - and several others since - that have accused him of sexual impropriety.

But Connie Cook Saunders, a 52-year-old fitness director for a San Diego athletic club who considers herself a moderate Republican, wasn't swayed by Ford's appearance. "We mean no ill will".

"Sometimes I had too many beers", he acknowledged.

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