For the rest of America, the testimonies Thursday of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh were a riveting and emotional display of democracy that could affect the country for years to come. Republicans praised Ford's bravery in coming forward, but many of them said her account won't affect their support for Kavanaugh.
Prospects of Kavanaugh's confirmation improved when Senator Jeff Flake, the only swing Republican vote on the committee, said Friday he would vote for Kavanaugh after saying the day before he was still undecided. He tried to deflect when asked by Senate Democrats, saying he would do whatever the committee wants (knowing full well they do not want the FBI to investigate.) When asked what he wants, Kavanaugh responded with several seconds of damning silence.
When asked by the media if the nomination come to the full Senate floor for a vote, Grassley responded "Depends on what happens tomorrow".
At Friday's hearing on Kavanaugh, shortly before the committee was set to vote, Sen.
That leads to the third important point in all the discussion about an FBI investigation: Democrats and outside groups want whatever the Judiciary Committee or the Senate considers to have the imprimatur of the world's premier law enforcement agency.
Kavanaugh has vehemently and repeatedly denied all the allegations against him, including those of Ford and Swetnick.
And the Federal Bureau of Investigation has conducted background checks into Kavanaugh in the past, as he and Judiciary Committee Republicans pointed out several times on Thursday.
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The process will then be repeated with Kavanaugh, but after he makes his opening statements he's fair game to the full panel of senators - both Dems and Republicans. NBC adds that "The writer of the letter provided no names but said the alleged victim was still traumatized and had chose to remain anonymous herself". "A number of others described Ramirez's character and truthfulness; Kavanaugh's college roommate said that he was "frequently, incoherently drunk" and her story believable". GOP leaders had pushed for a full Senate vote on Tuesday, October 2.
"On the eve of another hearing where a U.S. Supreme Court nominee is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, she told a packed University of Utah audience at a preplanned lecture that the #MeToo movement has the opportunity to create long-term solutions".
After seeing Ford's powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers.
"I believed he was going to rape me", Ford, a California psychology professor, told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday local time, recalling an event she said occurred 32 years earlier.
Asked by if he is confident that Kavanaugh can advance out of the committee, he said, "I am optimistic, yes". Trump's tweet later used the same "search and destroy" language. Even then, I knew the first line of the column I would write if that happened: 'It's now clear that Brett Kavanaugh's nomination can not go forward'.