Kavanaugh says he might have been 'too emotional' in testimony

05 October, 2018, 13:25 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Chuck Grassley

Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley lashed out at reporters during a press conference on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process on Thursday, condemning what he called "bias" in the media.

A procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is set for Friday.

The controversy has unfolded just weeks ahead of the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to seize control of Congress from the Republicans.

What they did say was that the FBI investigation left too many stones unturned for the Senate to be moving ahead with a vote.

Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy said on Twitter that with each senator being given one hour to review the report before a "rushed vote", the confirmation process controlled by Republicans is "just about power politics".

Comments by two of them - Jeff Flake and Susan Collins - indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, which was the latest twist in the pitched political battle over Kavanaugh, may have allayed their concerns about him. Each wants to see the results of the FBI investigation.

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

A spokesman for Hassan declined to comment Wednesday night.

While the comments by Mr Flake and Ms Collins were positive, neither explicitly announced support for Mr Kavanaugh.




The 85-year-old Iowa Republican appeared at the briefing with four other Judiciary Committee Republicans, all of whom defended Kavanaugh and the integrity of the FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against the judge - a probe that's been widely decried by Democrats as unfairly limited by the White House.

West Virginia's Joe Manchin, the other undeclared Democrat, spent time looking at the report and said he would resume reading it on Friday. If confirmed, he would deepen conservative control of the court.

Confirming Kavanaugh before the midterms will help fire up President Donald Trump's base in turf that is solid Republican.

The Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh, was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980's at a gathering.

Kavanaugh described his testimony as "forceful and passionate" - "because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell followed through late Wednesday in setting up a Friday vote to limit debate on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

He wrote that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused". "Going forward, you can count on me", he wrote in The Wall Street Journal.

Kavanaugh called the judicial system the "crown jewel of our constitutional republic" and noted that the Supreme Court is "the last line of defense for the separation of powers, and for the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution". Their decision could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate in a vote planned for Saturday, Trump will have succeeded in placing his second justice on the top USA court and fulfilled his pledge to solidify its conservative majority.

"In addition to the evidence I requested in my October 2 letter, in light of recently uncovered information, please turn over records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications between Dr. Ford or her representatives and any of of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono..."

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