Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh after Flake calls for Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

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Afterwards, he called Kavanaugh's testimony "powerful, honest, and riveting", adding "this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist".

Once the afternoon vote on Kavanaugh was scheduled, Harris, Blumenthal and Sen.

Donald Trump has backed his nominee.

Senate Republican leaders agreed Friday to delay a final vote on Kavanaugh to allow time for an investigation by the FBI at the request of Arizona Sen. Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call to push off a full Senate vote until the FBI investigates Ford's allegation.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, departs after speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on September 19. If, as expected, he's confirmed, he'll become Trump's second Supreme Court appointee. joining Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed a year ago for the high court.

"In Washington, when they congratulate you on leaving the partisan circus, chances are you are now the ringmaster of the partisan circus".

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

When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not".

While Ford said she was "100 per cent certain" Kavanaugh had assaulted her, he said he was 100 per cent certain he hadn't, although he declined to pause the proceedings to allow the FBI to investigate.

In his remarks to reporters, he said, the encounter in the elevator was only one of many in recent days."I've heard from a lot of people by phone, email, text, walking around the Capitol. I didn't tell anyone, and you're telling all women that they don't matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them you are going to ignore them".

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The hearing focused on Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s. Rachel Mitchell was the woman hand-picked by Senate Republicans to question Dr.

Democrats pointed to the lack of an impartial investigation and the committee's refusal to call witnesses who might be able to back up her claim, or to seek testimony from the two other women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"They were drinking, just as she said", Whitehouse said. "I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me". "When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling".

Trump said Murkowski and Collins must do what they think is right. "In stark contrast, the person who testified yesterday and demonstrated a balanced temperament was Dr. Ford", Feinstein said.

At 3 p.m., just after Kavanaugh started his forceful denunciation of Ford's allegations, trading volume spiked to almost 50,000 contracts, indicating a vast shift in who bettors thought would win. A White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly said the West Wing saw the judge's opening statement as "game changing" and said Trump appeared to react positively.

"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh continued.

Dozens of "rapid-response" protests are planned outside of US senators' offices in support of Ford and other survivors of sexual assault who have come forward with their stories.

Trump indicated he was sticking with Kavanaugh, saying he has not thought "even a little bit" about replacing him.

And they praised Blasey Ford for coming forward.

"Who do you believe?" is a question everyone is having to answer - and the political and cultural consequences for America are enormous.