"Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence".
Repeatedly, Grassley insisted that Democrats who kept up their calls for an FBI investigation didn't "understand" the committee's own probe.
Coming forward publicly for the first time, Ford, a California psychology professor, quietly told the nation and the Senate Judiciary Committee her long-held secret of the alleged assault in locked room at a gathering of friends when she was just 15. "I'm for let's listen to the ABA period, they're saying this, that means something to me". Democrats are not being heard.
She also said the format of Thursday's hearing would not allow the general public to understand the significance of the accusations - and Kavanaugh's response to them. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., in an elevator in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C, on Friday. Kavanaugh has denied her allegation of assault in their high school years, while Ford told lawmakers she was "100 percent" certain he was her attacker. Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements.
Expecting a wave of motions and delay efforts by the Democrats, Sen. That's what you're telling me when you vote for him.
Republicans have rejected Democratic calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and are planning to hold a committee vote Friday before moving the nomination to the floor this weekend.
But that evening, as Republicans prepared to vote on the nomination, and Democrats accused them of ignoring multiple women's claims against Kavanaugh, the ABA once again ran up a surprise red flag.
A second woman cried out: "I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me".
"This country's being ripped apart here", an emotional Flake said after a flurry of back-room negotiations outside the committee room.
Even if Flake maintains his tentative support for Kavanaugh, there are still enough undecided senators that Kavanaugh's confirmation could still go down on the Senate floor. But-in a politically sound but preposterous twist-Republican leadership and spokespeople are also professing to believe Ford's story about her assault, with one caveat: She must be misremembering the person (s) who did it.