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Kavanaugh hearing sets stage for high-stakes lobbying in Senate

28 Septembre 2018

Senators of the Republican Party have said that the Senate judiciary committee has made a decision to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the US Supreme Court candidate backed by President Donald Trump, on Friday (Sept 28) morning.

Kavanaugh admitted a love for drinking beer, but he also pointed to what he says were his outstanding academic record and dedication to high school sports and church.

Some experts say Ford's use of scientific brain function has helped lend to her credibility.

"I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today".

Before the Senate hearing on Thursday, Ford had never appeared on camera, and was only depicted in news media reports with a grainy photo lifted from the internet. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in his hearing on Thursday.

The Republican is among a handful of undecided senators on Kavanaugh. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) ― walked out of the committee after members moved to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday afternoon.

Both Democrats and Republicans were on the call but on the latter party were allowed to ask questions.

But with an eager-to-please demeanour and zero show of anger during the questioning, Ford stuck by her account.

But his vote seems to lean toward Kavanaugh.

Earlier in the day, Graham compared the judge's treatment to Ford's experience, the woman who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

Ford testifies about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a 10 a.m. Thursday hearing. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, and with every other vote likely decided, any two no votes would tank Kavanaugh's nomination.

That may be true, but Kavanaugh bowing out of the Supreme Court running is "the best of the bad resolutions", the editors conclude. Mitchell will join in and ask questions of Kavanaugh as well.

In the sworn affidavit, Swetnick claimed she met Kavanaugh in "approximately 1980-1981" and attended several house parties for which Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were also present. McGahn, who is set to depart his post in coming weeks, had advocated for Kavanaugh, seeing his confirmation as the crowning achievement of his tenure - and part of a decades-long effort to install more conservatives on the high court.

"They were laughing with each other", Ford said.

Through a spokeswoman, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Kavanaugh's nomination should not proceed without a full investigation of the allegations.

Kavanaugh hearing sets stage for high-stakes lobbying in Senate