Murkowski Says She Supports One-Week Delay On Kavanaugh Vote

Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, often viewed as a possible swing vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Friday supported Republican Senator Jeff Flake's call to delay voting so the FBI can conduct a background investigation.

"It's not to say that there can not be a situation where a person has risen above these kinds of behavior or teenage behavior", Hill told NPR, "but is to say that what we have is a person speaking the privilege of representing the laws of this country, and when that individual is reasonably believed to have broken those laws - and then not been truthful about it - to me, that's a disqualification". "This has been a partisan and divisive process".

The Judiciary committee plans a vote on Kavanaugh Friday. They also want interviews with other accusers and witnesses in the case, some of whom have already said they want to talk with investigators.

"We should not rush to judgment", said Sen.

The American Bar Association (ABA) released on Friday a letter urging Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein to vote on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination "only after an appropriate background check into the allegations made by Prof".

Sanders stressed Trump's support for Kavanaugh and said he wanted to see a vote. She told senators she was confident Kavanaugh was "the boy who sexually assaulted me".

Sen. Jeff Flake released a statement shortly before the committee hearing on the morning of September 28 indicating that he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.




Ms Ford, her voice sometimes cracking with emotion, appeared in public for the first time at the hearing to detail her allegation against Mr Kavanaugh. Dick Durbin sought to press Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday to call for an FBI investigation into allegations that have rocked his confirmation process. "In fact, I commented at the time that had he been nominated in another era, he would have likely received 90+ votes", Flake said in the statement. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who said the judge was entitled to the "presumption of innocence. absent corroborating evidence".

As the hearing opened, Democrats motioned to subpoena Mark Judge. Several Democrats, including Kamala Harris of California and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, walked out of the hearing room.

It's not clear yet, CBS News' Ed O'Keefe notes, whether the senators will be back in their seats at 1:30 p.m. for the committee's vote on Kavanaugh. "But whatever they find doesn't change the fact that Kavanaugh, especially after his performance yesterday, is the most risky Supreme Court pick of our lifetime". One hundred percent of the Republican conference supports proceeding to the Kavanaugh nomination. "Were he to be confirmed without this allegation being firmly disproved, it would hang over his future decisions on the Supreme Court for decades and further divide the country".

For one, because the ABA was one of Brett Kavanaugh's strongest selling points to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It was unclear whether US President Donald Trump backed the new timeline, cobbled together in private negotiations on Friday (US time). A third undecided Democrat, Sen. "I tried to yell for help", Ms Ford said.

Late Thursday, the magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States withdrew its endorsement of Kavanaugh, saying the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and "should be withdrawn".

Trump called for senators to act quickly after the hearing, a message echoed by top White House aides early on Friday.

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