Thursday, 13 December, 2018

U.S. Senate panel heads to vote on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Ford testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill Sept. 27 2018 in Washington U.S. Senate panel heads to vote on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh
Melissa Porter | 28 September, 2018, 16:11

The lawyers for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford were caught on camera sharing a quizzical glance as Senator Chuck Grassley said the hearing had been arranged "in close consultation" with them.

'We've been trying to investigate other allegations.

In the opening statement, Kavanaugh denied Ford's allegations and choked up when discussing his daughter telling him that they should pray for her, among several other times. Richard Blumenthal of CT made a similar comment, saying that "someone who is honest is also candid about what he or she can not remember".

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit", Kavanaugh said. That is simply un-American. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", he shouted into the microphone, as you can see in the above PBS NewsHour clip. Referring to the Constitution's charge to senators in confirming high officials, he said, "You have replaced "advice and consent" with 'search and destroy". "Since my nomination in July, there's been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation".

Roll Call reports South Carolina Sen.

Zoe Chance, a marketing professor at Yale School of Management, said that in terms of winning over public opinion, Ford and Kavanaugh "are both doing the right thing". "Millions of Americans listen carefully to you. 'I welcome any kind of investigation, ' and then walk away from this". "Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes".

"I was underneath one of them, while the two laughed", she said Thursday. That is a tragedy, not just for him and for Ford, who, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said after a meeting with Republicans. It is a tragedy for our democracy. "This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country". Senator Patrick Leahy pointed to Kavanaugh's high school yearbook page and its jokes about heavy drinking and sex. Seriously? The world's greatest deliberative body has been reduced to this? The committee can't do an investigation if attorneys are stonewalling'. If they wanted the bureau to review Ford's allegation, they should have come forward with that request more than a month ago.

"The FBI has conducted...six successful vettings of Brett Kavanaugh throughout his career".

At the time of its endorsement, America Magazine's editors hailed Kavanaugh as the champion who could be the Supreme Court's fifth vote to overturn the ruling of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in all 50 states.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh said.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could be the deciding vote on several contentious cases if he is confirmed, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.

The publication's editorial board took the extraordinary step of calling out Kavanaugh after the day's hearings, while stressing that it did not know who to believe.