A top Catholic magazine that had endorsed Brett Kavanaugh revoked its support following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee over sexual misconduct allegations. Kavanaugh angrily said he was innocent and the victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination".
We all know why: Kavanaugh does not want the one person Ford claims was in the room during the sexual assault - the one person who probably knows the most about Kavanaugh's general conduct at the time, which Kavanaugh has falsified with his choirboy routine - to face serious questioning by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or cross examination by Judiciary Committee Senators.
He strongly denied Ford's allegation, but said he believed she had been the victim of a sexual assault. Viewing the hearing from their desks, some aides expressed concerns that Ford appeared highly credible, though others noted there were still gaps in her decades-old story. Democrats are expected to oppose the nominee.
What is different this time is that this nomination battle is no longer purely about predicting the likely outcome of Judge Kavanaugh's vote on the court.
Corker is a moderate Republican senator whose vote wasn't a certainty. But in this case, Flake could have insisted on an FBI investigation now while reserving for himself the right to vote for Kavanaugh later.
In particular, many pointed to the fact that Kavanaugh said she had a fear of flying due to her claustrophobia and anxiety, but admitted to Mitchell that she had travelled to Washington D.C. for the hearing by plane and had also been on a plane numerous times before to go on vacation. Lisa Murkowski are seen as the crucial swing votes as Republicans only have room for one dissenter if Democrats are united against Kavanaugh.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a longtime committee member, said he thinks Kavanaugh will get confirmed by a party-line vote.
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"We heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh", Flake said. Richard Blumenthal of CT made a similar comment, saying that "someone who is honest is also candid about what he or she can not remember".
"His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump said.
According to NBC News on Tuesday Judge Kavanaugh was questioned about the anonymous complaint during a phone conversation with Senate Judiciary Committee Staff.
White House officials believe Kavanaugh's passionate denials of Ford's claims, including the judge's tearful description of the impact the accusations had on his family, met the challenge.
In his opening statement Thursday, Kavanaugh twice referenced his years as a student at the Jesuit-run Georgeown Prep school in Maryland.
"If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman's report of an assault", the editors wrote.