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20 September, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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If he was watching, one can only imagine how Judge Garland felt when he heard McConnell take the Senate floor Monday to accuse Democrats of flouting "standard bipartisan process" and "regular order" in the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Grassley blamed Democrats for not previously disclosing the claim by Ford, who had sought to remain anonymous before ultimately agreeing to be publicly identified. Republicans want to stay on track - aiming for a confirmation vote before October 1, when the court begins its new term.

Mr Kavanaugh issued a fresh denial of the claims in a statement released by the White House last Monday. Days earlier Kavanaugh had seemed on track for quick approval. Dick Durbin (D-IL). "The FBI must conduct an independent investigation before a hearing is held". We've heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call.

He said the committee offered her "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable".

Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.

Kavanaugh, 53, has denied the allegations, calling them "completely false".

Republicans have blasted Democrats for the way in which the accusation came out - at the 11th hour, while for six weeks, the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen.

Overall, conservatives have pushed back on the accusation and any investigation of the behavior described in the letter. Flake's office didn't respond to requests for comment. "I did not know if it was credible", she told reporters.

Ford, now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, gave her description of her encounter with Kavanaugh to The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday. She said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying.

"They did not raise it in the closed session, the proper forum where such an allegation could have been addressed with discretion and sensitivity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday. It also sets up a public, televised airing of sexual misconduct allegations, reminiscent of the seminal hearings against Clarence Thomas in 1991, that could derail Kavanaugh's nomination altogether. "How accountable are we for high school actions, when this is clearly a disputable high school action?"

Republicans had also displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination, setting the stage for full Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh by month's end, in time for the new Supreme Court session. It was the second time in two years that Trump has made a Supreme Court pick. Thomas was confirmed on a 52-48 vote.

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That sparked an angry reaction from the former Real Madrid star who gave him a tap on the head to express his disbelief. Ronaldo was being tracked by Murillo in the penalty box and aimed a small kick at his opponent as they tussled.

However, the Republicans were careful not to sound insensitive in the case as they openly supported the upcoming Monday's hearing against the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats have comported themselves horribly during the Kavanaugh hearings, but no one has been more irresponsible than Warren.

Kavanaugh could provide the fifth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion-rights decision.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the court at least wants to have a little breathing space after the conclusion of this confirmation process", Shanmugam said. The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime.

How the Republicans and Democrats reacted to the allegations?

She alleges that a heavily drunk Kavanaugh had forcefully pinned her to bed and tried to remove her clothing. She said that when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth. "This is a situation that is stacked.She's already been attacked, had to move out of her house".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the Post quoted Ford as saying.

According to Ford, the alleged incident took place during the summer in the early 1980s.

"The whole idea of this is to postpone the vote as long as possible", he said. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) detailing her attempted rape.

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