More Believe Ford Than Kavanaugh, A Cultural Shift From 1991

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More Believe Ford Than Kavanaugh, A Cultural Shift From 1991

"The full details of Dr. Ford's polygraph examination are particularly important because the Senate Judiciary Committee has received a sworn statement from a longtime boyfriend of Dr. Fords, starting that he personally witnessed Dr. Ford coaching a friend on polygraph examinations", Grassley wrote.

Flake voted to approve Kavanaugh in the committee's vote on Friday that sent the nomination to the full Senate, but he also insisted the FBI investigate the sexual misconduct allegations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he won't be intimidated as protesters vow to keep fighting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Some lawmakers say they worry the political fight over Kavanaugh's nomination is melding with the broader #MeToo movement in a way that could politicize the discussion of assault in general.

Senator Flake, the third Republican swing vote, said there was "no time and no place for remarks like that".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced in a speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, that she would support his confirmation.

Kavanaugh denies the allegations. Hatch, who supports Kavanaugh, refused to take the paper and kept walking as the women shouted questions at him and asked why he was ignoring them.

"It appears to be a very thorough investigation", Collins, who has not yet indicated how she plans to vote on the nomination, told reporters in the Capitol.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, McConnell said to the almost empty chamber.

"If this does end up being jammed through as Republican leaders now intend, there will be tremendous anger and backlash across the country from those who are shocked to see the voices of women and survivors ignored like this and shocked to see someone with Judge Kavanaugh's temperament and credibility issues on the highest court in the land".

Ford's lawyers sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday listing a number of potential witnesses who were also not interviewed, including Ford's husband, the polygraph examiner who interviewed her and individuals she told about her attack in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

But on Kavanaugh, it's possible a senator who votes yes on the first question could vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

A member of Ford's legal team said in a statement that had Ford been interviewed, she would have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the assault did not occur at the party because she knew well the people who were listed as having attended and would have remembered if they were there.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., seemed to acknowledge that there was no corroboration for Ford's charges in the FBI report, but blamed the scope of the investigation.

"I appreciate the leadership of Chairman Grassley to ensure a thorough and fair review of these serious allegations, and trust that the career professionals at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have conducted a non-partisan assessment".

"I don't know - over and over", he said, framing Ford's testimony.

"We had many fears that this was a very limited process", added Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", Senator Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday.

"I think it will be such an egregious betrayal that none of us here will vote for her", Erica Kahill said, imagining what would happen if Murkowski votes yes on Kavanaugh's nomination. And Democrats argued that the investigation has been insufficient, lacking interviews with her, with Kavanaugh and others who Kavanaugh's accusers have said could have knowledge about the alleged incidents.

"I absolutely believe Dr. Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee impacted individuals in the Northwestern community", Wake said. Grassley said that raises concerns about the reliability of the polygraph Ford took.

Ford and Kavanaugh were not interviewed. I don't know. But I had one beer.

"Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good", he wrote.

The list of comments included this one: "Dr. Ford is a complete joke, and Time Magazine let me tell ya ..."

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said there's "a lot of unprecedented activity taking place" because of the pitched battle over Kavanaugh, who would likely provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.

Lawyers for professor Christine Blasey Ford released a statement Wednesday night that sharply criticizes an FBI investigation that didn't include her or many witnesses willing to corroborate some facets of her claims.

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