"You're never going to know everything about a nominee, but you want to - and you try to, " said Thomas Rath, who was a leading member of the effort to prepare David Souter for his 1990 Supreme Court confirmation hearings and for the successful 90-9 vote on the Senate floor.
While Ford initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, she said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) went a step further, asking Grassley to allow Ford's counsel to cross examine Kavanaugh.
"There must be an agreement on witnesses, and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh", Schumer said.
Republicans and the Trump White House argue that isn't the FBI's role. What really bothers me and gets me so angry is that the White House is victimizing this person [.] Why should we participate in a victimization who has the courage to come forward?
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. We can't know who is telling the truth here, so we can't possibly try, is the underlying argument.
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To make room on the roster, the Vikings also waived wide receiver Stacy Coley. "It's a chip shot", Zimmer said postgame. The 30-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Cowboys and played in 108 career games.
In a statement issued on Friday, Hill said: "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponised against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again". The argument is that a Kavanaugh defeat would badly demoralize the Republican base in advance of the 2018 midterms - and that depression coupled with Democrats' huge enthusiasm to vote would flip control. Democrats will use Monday's hearing as a political spectacle to coax Mr. Kavanaugh into looking defensive or angry, and to portray Republicans as anti-women.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein reportedly won't say if the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are true. "The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years". Judge, the friend who was allegedly involved in the incident, spoke to The Weekly Standard before Ford came forward publicly, and said: "It's just absolutely nuts".
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge.
The judiciary committee had called a hearing for Monday to look into the allegations.
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Since then, allegations of sexual abuse have rocked numerous industries and professions including the media and political scene. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., on Monday said he "would have voted no" if a public hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford wasn't agreed to.
But with the Kavanaugh confirmation process - already a noisy pageant of political charges, fierce lobby campaigns and passionate protests - roiled by 11th-hour claims that as a 17-year-old high school student he sexually assaulted a young woman, the American capital is convulsed in one of the periodic episodes that seems to capture the zeitgeist of the age.
The development comes as President Donald Trump showered sympathy on his embattled Supreme Court nominee and as Senate Republicans and Democrats fought determinedly over who should testify at a high-stakes hearing on the allegation just six weeks before major congressional elections.
"That's not what they do", Trump said. "The weight of the government should not be used to destroy the lives of witnesses who are called to testify", she said.
Kavanaugh responded through the White House with a categorical denial.
The confirmation fight comes just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's party and work to stymie the president's agenda.
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Does a person like Trump deserve that sort of courtesy? "He was in his underwear and his shirt and he was like, 'Heeey". It's fantastic how much more descriptive one can get when there's sweet book deal money on the table.
After his nomination was announced in July, Bush voiced his support, for Kavanaugh, calling him "a fine husband, father and friend - and a man of the highest character".