What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation until the FBI investigates the sexual misconduct claims against him.

Brett Kavanaugh's contentious Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote on Friday, after a dramatic Senate hearing saw the judge furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations recounted in harrowing detail by his accuser.

Testifying less than an hour after one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, concluded her account of a drunken Kavanaugh holding her against her will at a high school party and sexually assaulting her, he began his defiant testimony in an emphatic voice that crackled with anger before giving way to tears. Ford spoke of her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982.

Mr Trump made clear he was sticking with Mr Kavanaugh, tweeting immediately after the hearing that Mr Kavanaugh's testimony was "powerful, honest and riveting".

"Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist", Trump said.

Showing their own certainty, Republicans quickly scheduled a recommendation vote for Friday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they hold n 11-10 majority.

"As a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety", his letter said. Kavanaugh vehemently denied it.

Earlier, during four hours of testimony, Blasey Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her assailant and it was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity. "There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly".

"If Monica Lewinsky says that you inserted a cigar into her vagina while you were in the Oval Office area, would she be lying?"

The motorcade transporting President Donald Trump drives down Pennsylvania Avenue heading towards the Trump Hotel in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2018.

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It was similar in OR, where Republican challenger Knute Buehler called for an FBI investigation into Ford's charges while Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Kavanaugh's nomination should be rejected.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the.

"You know that's a phony question", Kavanaugh replied, explaining that he had undergone six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks that found nothing, and that in the end the decision on his confirmation would still be up to the Senate.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, told Blasey Ford he found her testimony "powerful and credible".

She softly detailed how Kavanaugh allegedly pinned her to a bed, "grinding his hips into me". The Latin word can be found in the titles of a number of articles in medical journals and appears frequently in psychological articles about survivors of trauma, particularly the trauma of sexual assault. Today she is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Also, in the rumor mill, several Democrats may break ranks and back Kavanaugh. Ford delivered her testimony with steady, deliberate certitude.

"I thought it was compelling and sad that someone. had this trauma that's happened to her", he said.

Republican leaders said - and Trump ordered - that the new probe be "limited in scope".

A Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, said he "found no reason to find (Blasey Ford) not credible". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the way with a scorching denunciation of Democrats for raising the allegations against Kavanaugh in the final days of the confirmation process.

A White House official not authorized to speak publicly described Kavanaugh's opening statement as "game changing", saying the vigorous display would give GOP senators what they need to vote "yes".

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