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Brett Kavanaugh strongly denies sexual assault allegation
Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh made the opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After an explosive and sometimes very emotional the day of the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eyes turned on several key swing-vote senators, who remained on the outside undecided on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s fate late Thursday.
After the hearing, moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, and Sens., Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., huddled to discuss the appointment, Fox News confirms.
They talked for about 30 minutes before a GOP meeting on Thursday night before the Friday’s planned legal Committee’s vote to recommend whether or not you, Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate.
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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the legal Affairs Committee, told Fox News after the conference, the hearing was followed by, “I think we go to the front to go. I’m thinking about every single one of these votes.”
And Flake told Fox News: “It is a difficult question. They offered good testimony, and so he did.”
“If you he added a claim that you want a confirmation”. “Where is the load? It is like charge. You don’t know.”
Republicans, including President Trump, stressed that none of the sexual misconduct made allegations against Kavanaugh in the last couple of days has any first-hand confirmation.
Asked whether they help more time or investigation would, as Democrats proposed, repeated on Thursday, Flake seemed to reject the idea.
“Where do these begin and where does it stop?”, he asked. “More time, more ludicrous accusations. What does this mean for the defendant?”
“It is a difficult question. They offered good testimony, and so he did.”
– Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake
Kavanaguh, occasionally in tears, stressed on Thursday that the flood had taken of threats and unsubstantiated allegations against him, a permanent tribute to his family and his reputation.
It indications late Thursday that several other senators undecided remained. It is not necessary to secure for Kavanaugh to promote the majority of the approval of the judiciary Committee to the full Senate and be confirmed; in the year of 1991, Clarence Thomas was not recommended by the Committee, before you, ultimately, always a justice.
“No decisions were made,” Manchin reportedly said outside the hearing room. “There are some concerns that people have, and we will try to close the loop.”
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Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and only can afford to confirm a betrayal, in your offer, Kavanaugh, provided that you do not back up Democratic votes.
After hours of testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, California professor Kavanaugh is accused to have sexually assaulted her more than three decades, Manchin said, “the two witnesess were not credible,” according to CNN.
Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly the reason why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest and gripping. Democrats’ search-and-destroy strategy is a disgrace, and this process has been a total delay of sham and an effort to hinder and to resist. The Senate must vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2018
Fox News has learned that the Republicans’ preliminary plan is to week, a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh before the full Senate sometime next.
On The Evening Of Thursday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently announced sparred with President Trump, he would be a confirmation of support Kavanaugh.
“While both people convincing statement, made nothing, what was presented, confirmed the claim,” Corker wrote in a statement.
On Thursday morning, Collins ‘ concerns about the move, expressed to the front on Kavanaugh’s confirmation without the issuing of a subpoena to his friend, Mark judge, who claimed Ford was in the room when he allegedly assaulted her in the 1980s.
Murkowksi was photographed sat with sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill earlier in the day, sparking a flurry of speculation in the social media.
Collins and Murkowski are not on the judiciary Committee, they are of the scheduled vote on Friday morning.
Flake, a member of the legal Committee, not ask Kavanaugh all of the questions during the hearing. Instead, he decided to give a General statement, without fixed in one way or another on his nomination. Flake had previously insisted that Ford witnesses be allowed to be before an up-or-down vote on Kavanaugh.
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“This confirmation process has been a disgrace to a national.”
– Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
To appeal In an obvious effort to senators on the fence, as well as to clear his name-and unloaded on what he described as a deeply unfair and partisan process, Kavanaugh abandoned a lot of his prepared remarks to blast the trial as a “disgrace” and a “circus”.
He says later, sparred with Democratic senators as they questioned him, his family and reputation, had been destroyed by you have not been brought to substantiated allegations suddenly against him. The hearing ended on Thursday evening after eight hours worth of testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh.
“This confirmation process has been a disgrace to a national,” he told the Committee. “The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But the advice and the consent with a search and destroy have been replaced.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., leave to explore loose on his Democratic colleagues during the procedure, he will hear as a “Farce”, the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, in a display that earned him praise from the White house and scorn from the left side.
Graham alleged Democrats’ treatment was all about politics.
“This is the immoral hypocrisy, since I have been in politics,” a visibily angry Graham said from the dais on the democratic senators. “And if you really wanted to know the truth, you wouldn’t have sure as hell done, what you have done to this guy.”
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Ford first brought her allegations to Feinstein’s attention in July, but the California Democrat did not disclose the allegations to their Senate colleagues, or Federal authorities until days before an important Committee on the rights of Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote earlier this month. The Republicans have accused Feinstein ‘ s office of smears Ford anonymity by sitting on the accusations until you provide you could.in a leak, for maximum political gain
In a dramatic moment Thursday, Feinstein claimed, after questioning from Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Tex., the entire text of Ford-the letter had still never run out, although The Washington Post reported earlier this month that he had won, the full text of the letter. Feinstein Ford friends suggested, not to their employees, leaked, had information about the letter.
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None of the witnesses has Ford identified as being present at the party where she was allegedly attacked-including Leland Ingham Keyser, her best friend at the time-said, you remember anything of the episode. Keyser asked the statement, Ford suggested, on Thursday, her boyfriend, was out with medical issues.
In your testimony earlier in the day, Ford-who had said Feinstein in her July letter that the party included “included me and 4 other” — a change in the balance sheet, and told senators that there were four guys there, in addition to your girlfriend. (Ford had previously said, your therapist, in 2012, there were four guys in the room, during their alleged attack, and later said that her therapist had inaccurately recorded their statements).
In an August note Ford wrote in the run-up to a polygraph examination, took her in the direction of their lawyers, they claimed that “there are 4 boys and a few girls were” at the party, again, contradict your letter to Feinstein in July.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Alex Pappas, and Andrew O’reilly contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.