Published: Sat, September 29, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senate Democrat Manchin joins Flake's call for Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

Senate Democrat Manchin joins Flake's call for Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote - after Arizona GOP Sen.

After tense negotiations behind the scenes, Sen.

As Republicans rattled off their votes in support of Kavanaugh, one Democratic senator could be heard muttering, "the ram job continues".

He said FBI investigators "always work with the committees to do a background check".

Bush has spoken to Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia over the past several days - in an effort that the person familiar with the outreach says Bush initiated.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota praised Ford's courage. "Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist", he wrote.

"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh", Flake concluded. Donnelly was one of three Democratic senators who voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

"After what has gone on with this nominee, it is now all-out war between Republicans and Democrats". He stringently denies the allegations; Ford alleges Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school party. Assuming there would be a filibuster on the upcoming full Senate vote, the Senate would vote to overcome the filibuster, which only requires a simple majority of the Republican-led Senate.

The implication from Flake was that he will vote no if the investigation doesn't come to fruition and that the vote was to happen early next week as initially planned. In fact, it's the White House that would have to ask the FBI to investigate. He would replace the retiring Supreme Court swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, possibly cementing a conservative majority for a generation.

Two Democrats, California's Kamala Harris and New Jersey's Cory Booker, refused to answer. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.

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"From top to bottom this has been about bullies", Harris told reporters outside the committee room. Ford also admitted to multiple inconsistencies between the various accounts she provided to the media, the Senate, and her polygraph examiner. She cooperated with the process.

As they continued, Kavanaugh briefly stopped responding, and Durbin prompted him again.

"I'm a single white male from SC, and I'm told I should just shut up, but I will not shut up", Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called the proceedings "the most unethical sham".

In the statement, just after 3:00 p.m., Sullivan said he was still reviewing the full hearing from Thursday. Judge Kavanaugh addressed the committee in the afternoon, in a fiery speech defending his name, reputation, and career. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, on the shoulder and the two left the room together. Kavanaugh later offered a vociferous and emotional defense, alternately shouting and tearing up on national television. In her gripping testimony, Ford said Kavanaugh and Judge's laughter during the incident has stuck with her almost four decades later.

"I need to go to my hearing". She told senators it has "haunted me episodically as an adult". In other words, these are investigations that would not be a complete SSBI; they are much narrower. He accused Democrats of orchestrating a "political hit" and repeatedly professed his innocence.

Dr. Bill Cassidy, MD, a Republican, is the senior senator from Louisiana. "They are pushing through this process", said Sen. "It's not who I am".

Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexual assault, California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford, spent hours testifying Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"So the picture that emerged from all this is clear: Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most qualified and most impressive Supreme Court nominees in the history of our country".

President Donald Trump Friday said he had no message for Sens.

"Each appointment to our nation's Highest Court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote", the letter states. "Were he to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly disproved, it would hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country".

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