'Look at me:' Women confront key Republican senator over Kavanaugh vote

Brett Kavanaugh committee vote to go on as scheduled Friday, Republican senators say

Brett Kavanaugh committee vote to go on as scheduled Friday, Republican senators say

The tension in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room was nearly unbearable in the hours and minutes before Arizona Sen.

Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, did propose a delay of up to a week to allow the FBI to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh before the full Senate votes on the nomination.

The committee, and the Senate, seemed to be careening toward bedlam. Republicans gave fiery speeches defending Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh angrily, tearfully and "unequivocally" denied any wrongdoing involving Ford and other women who have made claims of sexual misconduct in recent days.

Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila had rushed after Flake in a Capitol Hill hallway and blocked the doors to the elevator Flake was in after he announced his decision. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Democratic Sen. "And of course Jeff Flake is exactly that", Carlson added. Chris Coons of DE, among others.

"A week-long delay so that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could look into the allegations made by Professor Ford against Judge Kavanaugh", Hannity said. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who backed Flake's move, there weren't the votes to confirm Kavanaugh.

"Do you think he's telling the truth to the country?" Dick Durbin, a Democrat on the Judiciary panel.

Republicans who back Kavanaugh said there was no corroborating evidence for Ford's allegation.

He reached out Friday to Sen.

And a Republican strategist close to the White House told Business Insider that Mitchell "was an unmitigated disaster" and "didn't even attempt to poke holes in the many inconsistencies in Ford's story".

Flake told reporters that his morning statement was a bid to keep Republicans calm about where he stood and not worry that he was going to bolt from their ranks.

The California psychology professor spoke carefully and deliberately during the hearing, using scientific terminology at one point to describe how a brain might remember details of events decades later. This post was updated following the committee vote.

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"In the 25 years on this committee, I have never seen a nominee for any position behave in that matter".

The senators then filed out, and Flake announced the agreement. "I've issued my statement", Flake said. President Trump would reluctantly authorize one later in the day. "This is ripping us apart, and there are enough things ripping us apart", he said.

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, during a televised public hearing before the committee recounted the alleged sexual assault by the conservative judge, which "drastically altered her life".

Mr. Judge has submitted two declarations including one Thursday, after Ms. Blasey Ford's testimony, elaborating on his denial.

Kavanaugh's indignant opening remarks came across as heartfelt and genuine.

Trump tweeted his support of Kavanaugh, calling his testimony "powerful" and "honest".

If the delay facilitates new allegations from Michael Avenatti or someone else, it will not matter how ludicrous they are.

Later, as Flake returned to the committee room, the mood shifted and almost two hours of hushed bipartisan discussion began, led by Flake and his close Democratic counterpart, Sen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee must not proceed with its planned Friday vote.

"We still have so far to go in terms of the power that he had and the license that he had.to cry or to be angry", she said.

Flake, for his part, said he didn't expect the FBI investigation to change many Democratic votes.

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