Trump Calls Christine Blasey Ford a 'Very Credible Witness'

Trump Calls Christine Blasey Ford a 'Very Credible Witness'

Trump Calls Christine Blasey Ford a 'Very Credible Witness'

The attorney representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, said they appreciate the efforts of the senators who have supported that the FBI investigation be completed ahead of the Senate vote.

"Everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh suggests he's not this kind of person", Graham continued.

A United States official with knowledge of the matter said the FBI could complete an investigation within a week, but the timeline ultimately depends on what is involved, such as the number of interviews that need to be done and whether newly uncovered information needs to be followed up on.

On Thursday, reports surfaced that two men have contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to claim they, not Kavanaugh, were involved in the sexual "encounter" with Ford "that is the basis of her allegation".

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the committee, has said he believes Ford's allegations are true and that there should be an FBI investigation prior to a vote.

Whether or not Kavanaugh is confirmed by the full Senate likely hinges on three Senators: West Virginia's Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Maine's Susan Collins, and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, both of whom are Republicans.

"Today encompasses so many issues", she wrote, "the extreme partisanship of politics, #metoo, raising boys, leadership, media coverage, sexual abuses that lie deep within our culture".

On Friday, after Flake's announcement that he would not feel comfortable with a floor vote until an FBI investigation had been conducted, Trump claimed that he, too, found the testimony of Kavanaugh's accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, moving.

After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court Friday after informally agreeing with a late call from Republican Sen.

Lee, who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, noted while questioning Kavanaugh that the nominee couldn't request an FBI investigation as Democrats have demanded. But it also allows Republicans an opportunity to clear the judge's name for what is a lifelong position on the nation's highest court.

On Friday, President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to reopen the background check into Kavanaugh after the Senate Judiciary Committee requested the president to make the request for a "supplemental" investigation with a week-long deadline. In fact, it's the White House that would have to ask the FBI to investigate.

But if Flake can get one other Republican to withhold a vote for Kavanaugh until the investigation is held, McConnell would be in a jam. Democratic senators questioned her directly, but the 11 Republican members on the committee instead chose to have a female sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona question Ford.

Lee said after the hearing that it was "heart-wrenching" and both Kavanaugh and Ford have "suffered". Jeff Flake that he would not vote in Kavanaugh's favor without a follow-on probe. He said: "I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process".

Blasey, now a research psychologist in California, testified that Kavanaugh and a friend of his had trapped her in a bedroom at a small gathering 36 years ago.

In their new editorial, America's editors said they were still committed to finding a justice with Kavanaugh's textualist approach to jurisprudence that is suspicious of the kind of judicial innovation that led to the Roe decision. It's happened to me many times.

The decision by Corker, who is retiring at the end of his term in January, has occasionally fought with the President, leaves three key Republican senators to watch: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

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