Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle

Brett Kavanaugh, Trump court nominee, clears first hurdle

Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, asking for a subpoena of Mark Judge, the man who Ford says was present while Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. Judge has submitted two written statements denying Ford's account of the assault, saying he did not recall the events she described and never saw that behavior from Kavanaugh.

"Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be recognised as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court!", Trump said in a Twitter post late on Friday.

The committee's vote comes the day after both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, testified before the committee.

Flake said he, Delaware Democrat Chris Coons and others agreed to ask for the broader Senate to delay a final vote for no more than a week to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into Blasey Ford's allegations of being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when the two of them were teenagers.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", said 23-year-old Maria Gallagher, a volunteer with a liberal advocacy group.

Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) worked on a deal to allow one week for the FBI to investigate the claims against Kavanaugh, which he has vehemently denied.

Mr Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegation in hours of evidence.

Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were in high school. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who announced on Thursday that he would support Kavanaugh. Jeff Flake the "ringmaster of the partisan circus" after the lawmaker called for an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. "Judge Kavanaugh has my vote".

Republican Whip John Cornyn told reporters as he left that the next order of business would be a vote on Saturday at noon on a motion to proceed to debate on the nomination.

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"This country is being ripped apart here", Flake told fellow committee members, "and we need to do due diligence".

Afterward, Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley looked on the bright side: "We've had a good day today by moving the nominee".

Feinstein, through a spokesman, has said that she explored with the Ethics Committee ways to investigate an accusation by an unnamed individual. Acknowledging that their support for Kavanaugh was based in part on his standing as a "committed textualist" who might help rewrite the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, the editors said his nomination is now woven into the discussion of how to treat women who report harassment and abuse. Without the support of Mr Flake and one other Republican senator -and assuming all Democrats vote against - the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh cannot occur.

"I think it will work out very well for the country", Trump said. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

"This is a nomination that deserves to move forward", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, welcomed the FBI investigation and thanked the senators who pushed for it but decried the limits imposed on it.

Perhaps. The FBI has wide discretion in determining the scope of the investigation.

Democrats of course feel just as strongly that Kavanaugh's appearance at the hearing raised more doubts about his temperament and whether he should be confirmed.

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