Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Brett Kavanaugh accusations

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee released a document detailing their investigative work that showed they had interviewed two separate men who said they believed that they, not Judge Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination at 9:30 a.m. today, and if he makes it out of committee, the full Senate could act as early as next week.

Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard.

Ford's tearful recounting of allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school led Trump to express sympathy for Kavanaugh and his family for having to listen to the testimony, according to two Republicans close to the White House but not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"As part of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the FBI conducted its sixth full field background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh since 1993, 25 years ago".

Last week, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., warned that "as soon as Democrats get gavels"-presuming Democrats win control of the Senate in November-the party would investigate Kavanaugh allegations further". Jeff Flake of Arizona, a member of the panel, announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, who he said was entitled to the "presumption of innocence ... absent corroborating evidence".

Mr Kavanaugh said part of the reason for the allegations is anger by some about Mr Trump and the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and out of revenge on "behalf of the Clintons".

"His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", he tweeted late Thursday.

"Dr. Ford comes across as a credible person who has suffered the serious emotional impact of a disturbing incident in her teens", said Alice Stewart, a conservative strategist who has worked on several Republican presidential campaigns.

Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators.

Leahy said it's not that Democrats are trying to delay the nomination ahead of the midterm elections as Republicans contend. Rather, it was a specific sound she heard from Kavanaugh and the other boy she says was in the room, Mark Judge.

After almost nine hours of testimony and questions yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee had heard enough from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.

The hearing will be the first time the world sees and hears from Ms Ford beyond the grainy photo that has appeared in the media in the 10 days since she came forward with her claims. "We mean no ill will". News reports that an anonymous complaint sent to Republican Sen. "I liked beer. I still like beer".

Kavanaugh, finding himself more cornered, made a decision to defend himself and insisted in an interview with Fox News that he was a virgin throughout in his high school days and beyond and that he had never sexually assaulted anybody.

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