'I believe Dr. Ford' - Whitmer and others respond to the Kavanaugh hearings

'I believe Dr. Ford' - Whitmer and others respond to the Kavanaugh hearings

The day after Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional testimony, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake after he announced he was in favor of a delay in the Kavanaugh nomination process during a committee meeting in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 28, 2018 in Washington.

That peril for the GOP was crystallized yesterday in a moment, caught by cameras and broadcast live on televisions across the country, when sexual assault survivors cornered Flake in an elevator after he announced his intention to back Kavanaugh, but before the committee vote.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", 23-year-old Gallagher said in the video alongside Archila.

"I hoped we would do better and show women that our country, our committee, has in fact changed", she said in the Judiciary Committee.

Before the vote, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut) made a motion that Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, should be subpoenaed as a witness to appear before the committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by next Friday.

Leland Keyser stood to be the flawless witness for Christine Blasey Ford by confirming critical events that would bolster her charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Senator Flake and his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee had heard hours of testimony from Dr Ford, a California psychology professor who told them Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

While Ford said she was "100 per cent certain" Kavanaugh had assaulted her, he said he was 100 per cent certain he hadn't, although he declined to pause the proceedings to allow the FBI to investigate.




Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida, Joe Donnelly of IN and Jon Tester of Montana all said they would vote no.

Late Friday, by voice vote, the Senate took an initial step to move ahead on the nomination. Sheldon Whitehouse has outlined what he thinks are the proper elements of a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The American Bar Association and Heather Gerken, dean of Yale Law School where Kavanaugh earned his law degree, called for a delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation to allow an investigation. President Trump called for an FBI probe Friday, after it became clear that Republicans did not have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh without first conducting a one-week FBI investigation. On Thursday night, he attacked Democrats, saying they have a "search and destroy strategy" and said "this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct and resist".

She said: "I think if it had been just me, just me and Maria telling our stories, it would have had no outcome".

A U.S. official with knowledge of the matter said the FBI could complete an investigation within a week, but the timeline ultimately depends on what is involved, such as the number of interviews that need to be done and whether newly uncovered information needs to be followed up on.

"We have yet to hear from the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "Brett Kavanaugh is unfit for the court-any court-and he should resign or be removed from his position as judge immediately". Ford said she was "100 percent sure" that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers.

Kavanaugh said he "will continue to cooperate" with what the Senate asks of him.

Wright, who's now a freelance journalist, told Vice that she's concerned about Ramirez, Kavanaugh's other accuser. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied all allegations against him.

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