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Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

The American Bar Association has called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh so the FBI can investigate the sexual assault accusations against him. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it - a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh alternated from anger to tears during fiery testimony.

Kavanaugh, nominated by Republican President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he was the victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination" orchestrated by Senate Democrats.

"For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament", Kavanaugh said Thursday.

They were Flake, Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Joe Manchin. The full Senate, controlled 51-49 by Trump's fellow Republicans, could vote within days. Bill Nelson of Florida, Joe Donnelly of IN and Jon Tester of Montana all said they would vote no. When they emerged, they would only tell reporters they were undecided and wanted to think about their impending decision. But he says the testimony presented no evidence to corroborate her allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

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As the nation watched, she said she "believed he was going to rape me". She told senators it has "haunted me episodically as an adult". Instead, Graham eviscerated Democrats for their handling of the allegations against Kavanaugh, saying they're willing to destroy Kavanaugh's life for their own political ends. He blamed Democrats for what he said was a "calculated and orchestrated political hit" created to keep him off the Supreme Court.

The White House is pushing back against a call from the American Bar Association to slow the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can do a full background check.

"I've never done this", Kavanaugh said of Ford's assault charge. "It's not who I am".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping the full Senate will quickly deliver a final, positive verdict on Kavanaugh - possibly as soon as Tuesday. Dianne Feinstein, ABA president Robert Carlson wrote that Supreme Court appointments are " simply too important to rush to a vote".

"Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate's reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court", he added.

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