Kamala Harris leads walkout on Senate committee vote on Kavanaugh

Respected Arizona Prosecutor Chosen To Question Kavanaugh, Ford

Ford alleged in the first part of the hearing that, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, he pinned her on a bed and tried to take off her clothes while clapping a hand over her mouth.

As soon as the committee opened, Democrats offered a motion to subpoena Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford testified was a witness to the alleged assault.

"The basic principles that underscore the Senate's constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI", ABA President Robert Carlson wrote in a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California.

Meanwhile, there were signs that Thursday's remarkable testimony before the panel - in which Kavanaugh angrily declared his innocence and Ford calmly recounted the moment in which she says he attacked her - had registered negatively with two organizations whose support Kavanaugh had earlier received.

"I found it incredibly hard to watch", said a woman who has two daughters at the school and asked not to be identified because the school had requested that parents not talk to the media.

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, insisted that his confirmation process has become "national disgrace", saying the allegations have "destroyed my family" and sullied his reputation.

Daron Shaw, who conducted the Fox News poll with Anderson, said, "This is a Republican state, and this seat is one of the most hard that the Democrats are defending".

Corker says it took "courage" for Ford to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He accused Democrats of an "unethical sham" and warning Republicans that if they vote not to confirm Kavanaugh, they would legitimize "the most despicable thing I've ever seen in my time in politics". Each of the 11 Republicans approved setting the vote.

"We're at a risky point because if we have no more evidence and Kavanaugh's rejected, that sets the precedent that accusations are enough to derail. and if he's approved, then still there will be people who think that he's a sexual assaulter or rapist and there he is sitting at the Supreme Court".

As their colleagues debated inside the committee room, the Democrats who walked out held an impromptu press conference to complain about the GOP's handling of the nomination.

On Wednesday President Trump said he could withdraw Judge Kavanaugh's nomination if he "thought he was guilty of something like this".

When a reporter asked whether he wanted to respond to the women's questions, he said no.

Based on the evidence and information presented, Mitchell said she believed that there was not enough to criminally charge Kavanaugh - and likely not even enough to seek a search warrant. Its members and staff are the ones who must draw conclusions about what they believe so its members can vote on whether to recommend his nomination to the full Senate.

"On the eve of another hearing where a U.S. Supreme Court nominee is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, she told a packed University of Utah audience at a preplanned lecture that the #MeToo movement has the opportunity to create long-term solutions".

Trump's son, Donald Jr., also tweeted his review: "I love Kavanaugh's tone".

Ford delivered her testimony with steady, deliberate certitude.

Trump missed hardly a moment of the proceedings, relying on DVRs to keep up on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday from his private office on Air Force One as he travelled from NY to Washington, and continued monitoring back at the White House, where Ford's voice echoed from TVs around the building.

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