And we need a more bipartisan process. The show was out of the way.
President Donald Trump, who has accused the Democrats of obstruction and opposed the Federal Bureau of Investigation probing the allegations against his nominee, said merely that he would “let the Senate handle that”.
Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said an FBI investigation “has to be more than a sham, and a charade”.
The FBI was given a week to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh as part of a deal forged Friday by Sen. Moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp, who have not yet announced how they will vote on Kavanaugh, also supported Flake’s move.
“I do think something awful happened to Dr. Ford and I’m very sorry, but I do not believe Judge Kavanaugh was involved or had anything to do with it and that’s why I will support (Kavanaugh’s) nomination”, Kennedy said in a phone interview with Louisiana reporters. But at what cost?
Earlier Friday, the Judiciary Committee voted to send Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court to the full Senate after securing a party-line vote in favor of the nod, but Arizona Republican Jeff Flake requested a delay in the floor vote and the additional investigation.
Kavanaugh, in his response to the announcement, said: “I’ve done everything they have requested and will continue to co-operate”.
The sex-crime prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by the Republican senators to question Ford and Kavanaugh, spoke at a meeting after the September 27 hearing. Kavanaugh, in testimony that alternated between anger and tears, denied ever doing such a thing to Ford or anyone else. Two other people who Ford says were present the night of the incident – Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser – have said they do not remember being at a party with Ford and Kavanaugh. And Republican leadership is moving apace for that vote to happen as quickly as possible late next week.
That vote was later delayed as Flake and Senator Christopher Coons, a Democrat, worked on a deal to allow one week for the FBI to investigate the claims against Kavanaugh, which he has vehemently denied. President Trump then ordered a one-week investigation into Ford’s accusations.
So the table is set, but what of the china? Ford said she was “100 percent sure” that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.
Within moments of the eight-hour proceedings concluding, Trump tweeted his approval of Kavanaugh’s performance and called on the Senate to move swiftly to a vote. “Kavanaugh’s truthfulness with the Senate goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court”.
But after she confronted a United States senator about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the video started going viral, she thought it was time to share her story.
That made the two women staking out his office angry, and they confronted him when he tried to leave for Friday’s hearing.
Kavanaugh’s performance Thursday, with the help of Sen.
I can’t answer that for him.
Most off-year elections are decided by which side is more energized.
Thursday’s hearing bruised a nation.
Mace said that she viewed the testimony as an “at all costs” effort by Democrats to win back control in Congress and possibly hold the seat open until a future Democratic president can fill it.