Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Alan Dershowitz Urges Delay Of Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote For FBI Probe

Trump hits ‘con job’ on Kavanaugh before showdown hearing What Thursday's hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford will look like
Patty Aguilar | 28 September, 2018, 16:56

The American Bar Association is reportedly calling for an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh following Thursday's Senate testimony by the Supreme Court nominee and his main accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

The committee now comprises 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, leaving little margin for error for Republicans - if just one of them breaks ranks, the nomination will be left in limbo.

As of Friday morning, three Republicans with potential swing votes - Arizona's Jeff Flake, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins - remained silent about their plans.

Writing on Twitter after the hearing, Trump said of Kavanaugh: "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting". The panel has set a vote for Friday on Kavanaugh's confirmation and the full Senate could vote as early as Tuesday. And in the process, they want to "destroy this guy's life", Graham said.

"I can always be convinced", he said.

Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court with disputes over abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.

The American Bar Association late Thursday urged the Judiciary committee and the full Senate to delay the vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation has time to do a full background check on the claims made by Ford and other women.

Trump had canceled today's planned meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein so as to free up his time to watch the hearing at which one of Kavanaugh's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, testified.

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Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, told the New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they were both first-year students. She said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker.

"They were laughing with each other", Ford said.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC also mentioned the ABA's assessment during an impassioned defence of Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday. Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was detained by Republicans on the committee to question Ford, would later tell Ford that she was "struck" by the fact that Ford appeared "terrified".

During the hearing Brett Kavanaugh thanked Donald Trump for his steadfast support. "In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these "gang" or "train" rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present", Swetnick alleged.

"I believe you", he said.

The mood was intense as Kavanaugh's voice filled the room for the extraordinary session, unlike Ford's quiet testimony.

Democrats heaped praise on Ford and pointed to gaps in her memory as evidence that she has been truthful, with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin noting that a "polished liar" can create a "seamless story" while a survivor "cannot be expected" to remember every detail.

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