Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Four GOP Governors Want Senate to Delay Kavanaugh Vote

Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles Four GOP Governors Want Senate to Delay Kavanaugh Vote
| 28 September, 2018, 11:12

But by the time she finished detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Ford was being widely praised as credible and fearless. She has said that she believes it is important to listen to both Ford and Kavanaugh before making up her mind about whether to confirm Kavanaugh.

She describes being at a small gathering of high school students in Maryland in 1982 when she was allegedly forced into an upstairs bedroom by two boys she identified as Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.

But after consulting with lawyers, who advised against pressing charges because they said she would not be believed and her life would be ruined, no charges were filed against the abuser.

Still, most GOP senators were likely to stick with Mr Kavanaugh, especially without corroborating evidence from Ms Ford to back up her story. Encouraged by Trump, he embraced Thomas' approach of confrontation and anger, appealing to his tribe by adopting the narrative of the president who nominated him and the base that supports him. John Cornyn said, "I'm optimistic". The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Friday.

Sean Hannity said other senators unsure of their decision at this point include Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

There are now 43 Republicans who have pledged their vote to Kavanaugh, seven short of the 50 votes needed in the Senate.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr Ford".

His voice breaking, and often on the verge of tears, he spoke of the "frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything, to block my confirmation" and called the process a "national disgrace".


U.S. president Donald Trump has acknowledged that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court nominee.

"We believe her, we support her, and we thank her for her enormous bravery and patriotism", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

The Judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell, a Phoenix prosecutor, ask their questions.

"If you stand with survivors, the path forward is clear: Brett Kavanaugh should be impeached ― not promoted", said Heidi Hess, co-director of the group Credo Action, according to HuffPost. The hearing was a rollercoaster of emotion, with Democrats taking every opportunity to praise Ford's courage in coming forward, while Mitchell delivered the tougher questioning, challenging her on a number of issues, including the circumstances surrounding her polygraph test and her fear of flying.

"The same way that I'm sure I'm talking to you right now", Ford said, "just basic memory functions".

Of course, the finale is yet to come, another two-part set piece when the Senate Judiciary gathers Friday to vote Kavanaugh out of committee and then again when the entire Senate votes.

"The Republican staff of this committee released to the media a timeline that shows that they've interviewed two people who claim they were the ones who actually assaulted you", Durbin said. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected. "I think a lot of senators will be given good reason to vote yes", White House spokesman Raj Shah told TIME.

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