Kavanaugh says he might have been 'too emotional' in testimony

05 October, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Donna Miller
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"There's nothing in it that we didn't already know", Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday as senators are viewing the report in private.

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally. "I might have been too emotional at times", he wrote in the op-ed headlined "I am an Independent, Impartial Judge".

Senate Republicans may well confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Calif., the top Democrat on the committee, later told reporters that "the most notable part of this report is what's not in it". Two Republican "no" votes could sink the nomination. During her testimony in front of the committee, she said Kavanaugh covered her mouth to hide her screams as he grinded on her and attempted to remove her one-piece bathing suit.

Ford's attorneys said in a statement that they were "profoundly disappointed" in the probe.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say they'll turn over notes from her therapy sessions and any recordings of her taking a lie detector test to the FBI, if the bureau agrees to interview her.

Earlier, White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking".

At senators behest, the FBI investigated and the agency's latest report Thursday did not corroborate "any of the sexual misconduct allegations against" Kavanaugh, said Majority Leader and Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, according to the Associated Press. The agency has also spoken to a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party when both were freshmen.

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh sharply attacked Democratic senators, calling himself the victim of "a calculated and orchestrated political hit" fuelled by anger on the left at Trump's 2016 election win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, his conservative judicial record and revenge on behalf of Clinton and her husband Bill.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday to explain his intense and angry behavior during last week's hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Neither has said how she will vote. I don't remember. Where was the place? "I would like to have the future mending things so we can do things in a collegial way like the United States Senate ought to do. and you folks can have something to do with this". Kavanaugh has denied the claims.

"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most awful charges", Trump said.

Brett Kavanaugh will "potentially, hopefully" be on the Supreme Court in short order, President Donald Trump said Thursday night to a crowd chanting "Kav-a-naugh" in Rochester, Minn. Jeff Flake of Arizona in an elevator in a televised exchange that went viral.

Flake said the comments were "kind of appalling" in an interview with NBC News.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet.

"I am taking everything into account and I think the comments by the president yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate", Murkowski said.

The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said on Thursday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday, making him unavailable to cast his vote.

Collins on Wednesday called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong".

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