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Kavanaugh and the Senate’s Honor

05 Octobre 2018

Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested including actress Amy Schumer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started a process that will produce a crucial test vote in his polarized chamber Friday on Kavanaugh's fate.

Senators delayed a vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could conduct a background investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

The senator shot back: "Why don't we dunk him in water and see if he floats".

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D. Ill., told reporters on Thursday that time slots for reading the Federal Bureau of Investigation file are so full that senators are being told they might have to wait until Friday to read the report. That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans.

"This great life can not be ruined by mean and despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"

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

Kennedy also said investigators interviewed Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who was identified as a potential witness to Kavanaugh's alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford, for three hours.

US Senator Susan Collins, left, Republican of ME, walks to a room to read the report on the FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 4, 2018. Those who signed the letter said Kavanaugh was "repeatedly aggressive" in his remarks, was "discourteous to senators" and "exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry".

But whatever you think of whether Kavanaugh's testimony was justified, he has certainly facilitated that ongoing process.

Feinstein complained Thursday that agents had not interviewed Kavanaugh or Ford, who has testified that he sexually attacked her in a locked bedroom during a high school gathering in 1982. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the charge.

The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination comes ahead of November congressional elections in which Trump's Republican Party will battle to keep control of Congress.

Kavanaugh's nomination has become a flashpoint in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.

The protester, referring to Kavanaugh, said "if he would take a polygraph it would all be over Senator".

Kavanaugh defended himself by saying none of the emails on that chain were sent by him and maintained that he was not aware when he received that email that it had been stolen.

She added that she has sympathy for Ford and that people need to understand why sexual assault survivors stay quiet for years. Senators were allowed to read it behind closed doors in a secure location in the Capitol, without taking notes or making copies.

Shah says the White House is "confident the Senate will vote to confirm" Kavanaugh. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.

"I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here, or harassing them at the airports, or going to their homes", McConnell said Wednesday.

After weeks of debate about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the debate is still about one thing: the truth. "I'm ready to work with the President to confirm a nominee who is suited for the honor and distinction of serving this lifetime appointment".

Lawyers for his first accuser, Prof Ford, also said that she had not been contacted by the agency. A key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee split 11-10 as well as in the closely divided Senate, Flake got something resembling his wish: Republicans agreed to a weeklong pause in the drive toward a confirmation vote, while the FBI investigated "credible allegations" against Kavanaugh.

"Sometimes people are accused of something they didn't do", Graham said.

"[The FBI report] looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited, perhaps by the White House".

Flake has previously said that his vote depends on the results of the FBI's investigation and has declined to speculate on whether he would be comfortable voting on Kavanaugh if the probe is not yet completed.

Kavanaugh and the Senate’s Honor