Kavanaugh's claim that witnesses refuted Ford

28 September, 2018, 18:26 | Author: Sue Riley
  • The Fox News host Chris Wallace on Thursday said Christine Blasey Ford's testimony on Brett Kavanaugh was

Jeff Flake in an elevator and berated him after he announced he was voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh.

Flake said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence ... absent corroborating evidence". Aides said they thought Kavanaugh was effectively fighting back and expressed optimism he could survive the process.

America, the nation's only weekly Catholic news magazine, has published an editorial pulling its endorsement for Brett Kavanaugh following Thursday's hearings.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations and says he never sexually assaulted anyone. In her powerful testimony on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to "relive this trauma in front of the world", but was "100 percent certain that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her". Kavanaugh has denied all accusations.

Still, even many Republicans who believed Ford was honestly recounting what happened to her took the view that it was a case of mistaken identity, believing Kavanaugh's emotional testimony that was not there and did not attack her.

The network reports that Senate Judiciary Committee investigators placed a call to Kavanaugh about the accusations on September 25 and he denied the encounter. "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". Flake had previously voiced concern over Kavanaugh.

Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jeff Flake were joined by Democrat Joe Manchin in the meeting.

The remarkable testimony appears to have only sharpened the partisan divide over Donald Trump's nominee.

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"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", said Ford, referring to the area of the brain where traumatic memories are stored.

The moment crystallized the national debate over gender, power and whom to believe in the #Metoo era under President Donald Trump. The full Senate could vote within days.

She alleged that Kavanaugh and others while in high school spiked the drinks of girls at parties with intoxicants to make it easier for them to be gang raped.

The American Bar Association, which previously gave Kavanaugh its highest rating of "well qualified", asked 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 Trump has refused to order.

Signaling the continued White House support for Kavanaugh, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted praise for Sen.

Kavanaugh's nomination will face a test in the Senate, which has a tight 51-49 Republican majority.

The organization added that allowing a "thorough FBI investigation" from the Senate, a potential development Democratic lawmakers have fervently called for, into the allegations would "demonstrate its commitment to a Supreme Court that is above reproach".

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