US Senate holds hearing on Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations

"And we have to ensure that we do due diligence here".

Moments before the panel convened Friday morning, Flake, a member of the committee, had announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

It was unclear whether Republican leaders, who have pushed for fast confirmation of Kavanaugh, would back the request for further investigation or instead would press forward with a full Senate vote on the nomination. But he reiterated he still believes Kavanaugh's nomination will ultimately be successful and said that he had not even thought about a new nominee if the vote on Kavanaugh fails.

The protests are not just in Washington, D.C., but also planned for the local Senate offices around the country-such as Sen. "The Senate must vote!"

A wild turn of events on Friday flipped a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from a long shot into a sure thing. After that, it seemed pretty clear which way that afternoon's vote would go: All 11 Republicans would vote in favor of Kavanaugh, and all 10 Democrats would vote against him.

Democrats for days have been demanding an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, but Republicans had refused to seek one.

This comes one day after Kavanaugh had savaged Democrats on the committee, accusing them of orchestrating a "calculated and orchestrated political hit", fueled "with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2018 election" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

Judiciary Committee members Democratic Sen.

The image of Mr Flake, cornered in a congressional lift, being berated by a number of women who said they themselves had been the victims of a sexual assault, was searing and unforgettable.

"Don't look away from me!"

"And two of my daughters have told me stories that I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school and hadn't told their parents", he added.

"I will be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's senior Democrat, called Mr Kavanaugh's remarks unseemly for a judicial nominee.

Brett Kavanaugh's one step closer to being confirmed to the Supreme Court.

"Everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh suggests he's not this kind of person", Graham continued.

Susan Collins. A moderate who sometimes breaks from party ranks, Collins has said that if Kavanaugh lied about allegations of sexual misconduct, "That would be disqualifying". "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump said.

At the last minute, Sen.

The committee Republicans also voted down a Democratic motion seeking to subpoena Mark Judge, a Mr. Kavanaugh friend who Dr. Ford said witnessed the assault. In an interview to the Washington Post, Ford said it was during a party in Montgomery county in Maryland, USA, that the jurist had led her into a bedroom and attempted to remove her bating suit and put his hand over her mouth so that she couldn't shout.

  • Joanne Flowers