Hours after emotional testimony, Republicans push to confirm Kavanaugh

Win McNamee  Getty Images The entrance to the Holton Arms School is shown

Win McNamee Getty Images The entrance to the Holton Arms School is shown

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation until the FBI investigates the sexual misconduct claims against him. Aides said they thought Kavanaugh was effectively fighting back and expressed optimism he could survive the process.

Republicans have rejected Democratic calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and are planning to hold a committee vote Friday before moving the nomination to the floor this weekend.

Brett Kavanaugh testified later this afternoon, giving an emotional and fiery defense of his character and career after it had been under a sustained assault by the Left for over a week.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

"This whole two-week effort have been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election", adding they were seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside leftwing opposition groups", Kavanaugh said. Kamala Harris asked Judge Kavanaugh a seemingly insignificant question concerning the earlier testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that he was being questioned to rebut.

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

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ford. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after Ford testified about her allegation over the course of four hours.

The 51-year-old mother of two said the incident was seared into her mind through trauma, while admitting some gaps in her memory around the attack.

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.

"It's up to the president of the United States and his failure to ask for an FBI investigation amounts to a cover-up", he said. Republicans have also refused to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford says was with Kavanaugh when the alleged assault took place.

"I'm telling the truth", said Kavanaugh. Ramirez said Ford's allegation encouraged her to come forward to give a clear picture about Kavanaugh's past.

Mitchell led Ford through a detailed recollection of the events she says occurred on the day of the alleged incident. Chuck Grassley said the committee will convene at 9:30 a.m. But under the committee's procedures, the career prosecutor was limited to five minutes at a time, interspersed between Democrats' questions, creating a choppy effect as she tried piecing together the story. "While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the Constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well".

A Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, said he "found no reason to find (Blasey Ford) not credible".

Meanwhile, another woman has come forward with new allegations about Kavanaugh, accusing him of inappropriate behavior while he was in high school.

Republicans acknowledged that much was riding on Mr Kavanaugh's performance. "That is what binds us to the rule of law", said Flake.

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began.

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