Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

A look at what the FBI's Kavanaugh investigation will entail

A look at what the FBI's Kavanaugh investigation will entail

"They have the deciding votes", the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) noted in an email to supporters late Friday.

Ford welcomed the FBI investigation, one of her lawyers said.

But other women have spent hours calling Senate offices in support of Kavanaugh, condemning what they saw as an anti-Republican ploy that's damaged not only Kavanaugh's reputation and livelihood but also his accuser's. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, sided with Democrats who had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when the two were teenagers in Maryland.

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said an FBI investigation "has to be more than a sham, and a charade".

Mr Flake and the other Republican swing senators, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, will hear a lot from Americans about what they think ahead of that final vote in the Senate. Trump's first nominee, Judge Gorsuch, was confirmed by the Senate on April 7, 2017.

Speaking to reporters at the White House after the committee vote, Trump continued to stand by Kavanaugh, saying he had not thought "even a little bit" about a replacement but also said he found Ford a "credible witness".

Survivors of sexual violence don't report to the police for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which are that we see every day how police and our nation's courts ― including the one on which Kavanaugh now sits and the one to which he will likely soon be confirmed ― fail to achieve justice for us.

At the committee vote neared Friday, senators on both sides of the aisle took turns giving their reasons for supporting or opposing Kavanaugh, many in impassioned terms. When Sen. Graham broke free from the press gaggle, I told him that I had been raped 13 years ago and that I didn't know the exact date.

Flake was persuaded as he watched Coons renew his call for an FBI investigation.

Only Trump can order the FBI to reopen the investigation.

Kavanaugh said he "will continue to cooperate" with what the Senate asks of him. He told Politico if the confirmation is pushed forward "without any attempt with hearing what she's had to say", he wouldn't be comfortable voting "yes" for Kavanaugh.

Archila, a co-director at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), a not-for-profit advocacy group that campaigns for an "inclusive, equitable society", and her fellow protester, Gallagher, have been hailed as heroines by Democrats and by global supporters of the #MeToo movement for persuading the Republican senator, at the eleventh hour, to call for a week-long FBI investigation before Kavanaugh's nomination was agreed.

On Friday, as half of the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out of a meeting in which Republicans decided along party lines to schedule a vote on Kavanaugh, Feinstein stayed put and called this moment a test of whether the country has learned from the 1991 controversy that led her to the Senate.

However, Keyser later told the Washington Post that, despite being unable to corroborate Ford's allegations, she believes her friend. "But I don't believe it was Brett Kavanaugh". That left seven Democrats still in the hearing, including top Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to subpoena Judge, who had said he does not want to be part of a committee hearing.

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