Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Brett Kavanaugh denies sex assault after Blasey Ford testifies

Brett Kavanaugh denies sex assault after Blasey Ford testifies

Dr Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez are two of the women who have accused US President Donald Trump's nominee of sexual assault, with Julie Swetnick, the third accuser, saying she had seen the SC hopeful of engaging in sexual misconduct.

A spokesman for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said committee rules require these types of votes must be posted three days in advance.

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court with disputes over abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading to the justices soon.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

"I love Kavanaugh's tone", Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. He has denied all the accusations. A full Senate floor vote could come next week.

THE FACTS: The witness statements in question do not corroborate Ford's allegations, but they also do not exonerate Kavanaugh.

Ms Mitchell led Ms Ford through a detailed recollection of the events she says occurred on the day of the alleged incident.

Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel. Acknowledging that their support for Kavanaugh was based in part on his standing as a "committed textualist" who might help rewrite the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, the editors said his nomination is now woven into the discussion of how to treat women who report harassment and abuse.

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin said he supported Flake's call for a further probe "so that our country can have confidence in the outcome of this vote". Republican senators have refused to call for an investigation.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process". She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams, and testified, "I believed he was going to rape me". When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota asked if he ever drank so much he blacked out, he snapped, "Have you?" He later apologised to her.

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And in a September 17 interview with Judiciary Committee staffers, he said he didn't recall ever meeting her. Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House, "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

At issue was whether the Democrats, who had first received Ford's allegations in an early July letter that she sent to her local congresswoman, had purposefully waited to make them public until after the initial confirmation hearings were over and the Senate was preparing to vote. Democrats are likely to grill Kavanaugh on all of their allegations and the corroborations from some of their friends and classmates, as well as his drinking habits in high school and college.

"Everyone is just completely captivated by it", said Kelly King Joyce, a third-year student at the University of Colorado Law School.

"Don't look away from me", she said.

But he moved beyond simple denials to going on offense, accusing Democrats of targeting him to assuage political grudges.

Otherwise, Trump may have to consider an alternate plan, those officials said.

Sarah Skillin Woodard took the bullhorn to express frustration that Ford's heart-wrenching testimony may not have been enough to persuade Collins to oppose Kavanaugh. In the front row, family and friends quietly cried including his wife, Ashley, whose lips were trembling.

The American Bar Association urged the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to delay the vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation could do a full background check on the assault claims - something President Donald Trump has refused to order.

The White House confirmed that Trump watched the testimony aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from NY.

Of his viral moment in the Kavanaugh hearing today, where he blasted Democrats as obstructionists trying to ruin the judge's life, the South Carolina Republican said, "I just told the truth".

He said the Senate's confirmation process was a "circus" and "a national disgrace" and that it had replaced "advice and consent with search and destroy". "They lay this past the midterms so that they can win the Senate and never allow Trump to fill the seat".

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