Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Committee vote on Kavanaugh scheduled for Friday

Committee vote on Kavanaugh scheduled for Friday

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would have "frankly preferred" it if Senate Republicans had pushed through Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court two weeks ago in order to avoid talk of his alleged sexual misconduct. Instead, they scheduled a judiciary committee vote for Friday, which will be followed by consideration by the full Senate. About 200 people gathered in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, chanting: "I believe Christine Ford."U.S. Capitol Police reported that 128 people were arrested on charges of unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings".

At the United Nations, meanwhile, President Donald Trump said on the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford that Republicans have been "nice" and "respectful" in their treatment of Ford. In 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed by the Senate after the Judiciary Committee passed on recommending him. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"There's no reason to delay this more, unless something new comes out of the hearing on Thursday", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. "It didn't happen, he said".

Ford is expected to testify Thursday about her allegations that Kavanaugh held her down, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth at a drunken high school party in the 1980s.

Ramirez told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face without her consent while drunk at a party when they were both freshmen at Yale University.

Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that she'd been drinking at the time, was initially reluctant to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps", the magazine said. She reached an agreement Sunday with the Judiciary Committee. "Our staff reached out to her counsel to request any statement or additional evidence".

It is clear when talking to rank-and-file members that Thursday's hearing, which includes no witnesses other than Ford and Kavanaugh, could ultimately have little impact on how they vote.

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With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political". "In the years following the therapy session, we spoke a number of times about how the assault affected her".

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge in Washington DC, flatly denies the accusations.

"I was never at any such party", he told MacCallum. "I don't think anything's tipped".

Kavanaugh, a judicial conservative and Trump's second Supreme Court pick, was nominated to fill the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who represents a porn star claiming to have had an affair with Trump, has said he is also representing a possible third Kavanaugh accuser, whom he has not identified. "This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate".

"What message will we send right now in 2018 and the Me Too movement if the Senate rushes through this?" asked Democratic Senator Patty Murray. "We want to hear the allegation".

"I wouldn't call [the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe] a condition, but it's the only intelligent way to get to the truth of what happened", he said.

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