'Women must be heard': thousands march against Kavanaugh

'Women must be heard': thousands march against Kavanaugh

'Women must be heard': thousands march against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday that he "might have been too emotional at times" in his Senate testimony last week in which he denied accusations of sexual misconduct.

"This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and effect.

She also claims that girls - including herself - were gang raped at these parties, but can not say whether Kavanaugh was among the attackers.

Prof Blasey Ford testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing that when she was 15, a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth after she screamed.

Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh's third named accuser who said she witnessed him behaving inappropriately toward girls at high school parties, was not interviewed.

The Senate plans to hold a procedural vote on Friday on Kavanaugh's nomination, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said he expected Kavanaugh to be confirmed on Saturday.

After Kavanaugh and Ford testified in front of the committee last week, Keyser wrote a letter to the committee dated September 29 that said she did not refute Ford's claims, but "is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question", according to CNN.

"I know that my tone was sharp", he wrote, "and I said a few things I should not have said".

And when Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - a Democrat from a red state who voted to confirm President Trump's first nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, to the court - announced that she had decided not to support Kavanaugh on Thursday, she too cited questions about Kavanaugh's "temperament, honesty and impartiality" as chief among her concerns.

Ford's allegations were accompanied by unverified and salacious claims from two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, with the latter accusing Kavanaugh of gang rape in a sworn statement before walking back on the claim in a TV interview. Sen. "It appears that the White House completely circumscribed the investigation to try to make it meaningless and they succeeded".

Anderson is among those who has asserted that the FBI's Kavanaugh-related investigation didn't go far enough, telling Vanity Fair that as he sees it, Wray is in a "tough spot".

Its conclusions will not be made public, but Senators will be able to review the report on Thursday.

"The most notable part of this report is what's not in it", said Sen.

None of the three undecided Republicans would say if they had made their minds up one way or another.

Hundreds of protesters against US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee have been arrested in Washington as the pick inched closer to winning confirmation. It will rotate throughout the rest of the day Thursday and potentially into Friday, with staff members simultaneously briefing senators.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet.

"The "investigation" conducted over the past five days is a stain on the process, on the FBI and on our American ideal of justice", read the letter from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in testimony following Ford's, painting himself as the victim of a "political hit".

But even before the report was formally sent to the Senate, lawyers for Ford criticized what they viewed as an incomplete Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Also quizzed was Leland Keyser, Ford's friend who she also said was present on the night of the alleged attack, but who has previously said in a sworn statement that she can not recall the party in question and has never met Kavanaugh.

"'How did you get home?' I don't remember". Mr Kavanaugh and Prof Ford were not interviewed.

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