Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump stands by embattled Kavanaugh after fiery Senate hearing

Trump stands by embattled Kavanaugh after fiery Senate hearing

As the dramatic hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused him of sexual assault, got underway, hundreds of protesters clashed on Capitol Hill - shutting down roads.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez told the New Yorker on Sunday that Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face while they were both drunk at a party in the early 1980s during their freshman year at Yale.

She described in detail how an inebriated Kavanaugh and another teen, Mark Judge, locked her in a room at a house party as Kavanaugh was grinding and groping her. Ford delivered her testimony with deliberate certitude, though admitting gaps in her memory as she choked back tears at some points and said she "believed he was going to rape me".

The letter was released hours before members of the Judiciary Committee were set to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

It was one of several agonizing exchanges in the hearing, Kavanaugh fumed about the process, branding it "a national disgrace". But on Thursday, he was firmly on the side of Democratic lawmakers who want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"It is also possible that one of them is deliberately lying", he noted.

Mr Hatch said the hearing was "worse" than the 1991 hearing for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas - which Mr Hatch also participated in and which led to a surge in the number of women elected to Congress the next year.

As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily called the sexual assault allegations against him a "circus" and an effort at "character assassination", President Donald Trump was watching at the White House and was pleased with his aggressive tone, according to administration officials. Ford says the assault took place at a gathering in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, Judge Kavanaugh couldn't find time to discuss these concerns with me in person, so the only information I have is from what he said in his hearings. When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota asked if he ever drank so much he blacked out, he snapped, "Have you?"

After a day where Ford said she was "100 percent" sure that Kavanaugh had attacked her and Kavanaugh gave the exact same percentage of certainty that he hadn't done it, there was some question about whether any minds had been changed where it counted, in the Senate.

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Then she quickly faded away. Democratic questioners are certain to ask uncomfortable questions about Kavanaugh's youth that could create defensive or combative moments. Lindsey O. Graham of SC, who called the proceedings an "unethical sham" and boomed that any Republican who voted against Kavanaugh was "legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics".

Mitchell was given just five minutes at a time to ask questions before she had to yield to a Democratic senator. "I don't know, have you?" "Investigate", he said. "And make sure you're doing it for the right reasons". Evil! Think about that word - and said that those who supported me were complicit in evil.

Republicans quickly expressed their determination to move forward.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote Friday on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., gave a lengthy speech to the committee underscoring his opposition to Kavanaugh and again pressing for a delay in a vote, but then joined other Democrats in walking out after he finished. The full Senate, controlled 51-49 by Trump's fellow Republicans, could vote within days. They come against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement-and the hearing included sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats mirroring the atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington. Whitman has never voted for Collins, but she's previously been content with the belief that Maine's senior senator at least considers both sides of an issue before voting.

But Democrats have not figured out whether they will boycott Friday afternoon's committee vote.

"I hope we get to the bottom", he said.

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