Kavanaugh faces crucial vote, White House eyes GOP senators

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, which would potentially advance him to a wider Senate vote, and eventual confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice.

Kavanaugh issued his own statement through the White House saying he's been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before, done "background" calls with the Senate and answered questions under oath "about every topic" senators have asked.

Hours earlier, Mitchell opened her questioning of Ford by expressing sympathy for the professor, who said she was "terrified" to testify.

It may come as yet another blow to Kavanaugh, who, in his Senate hearing earlier today, had thrown a show of emotions, shedding tears alongside his mother, Martha, and wife, Ashley, during the hearing, and boasted of being "thoroughly vetted" and rated "well-qualified" by the ABA. While another boy watched, she said, Kavanaugh tried to pull her clothes off and covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

He repeatedly interrupted Democratic senators' questions, including on whether he would support their bid for testimony by Mark Judge, the friend whom Ms Ford has claimed participated in Mr Kavanaugh's assault on her.

The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said.

But his Democratic challenger Molly Kelly, said Sununu should go further and call for President Donald Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh, whose fate hangs in the balance, said the "circus" surrounding the allegations against him amounted to "a grotesque and coordinated character assassination". Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it - a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

The hearing may have devolved into partisan politics, but no matter who you believe, the Senate panel plans to vote Friday morning on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Graham said Democrats' behavior in the hearing showed "they never meant to protect Dr. Ford".

Dr Ford was lauded for her testimony and her bravery by various Democrats and by a large number of supporters around the world.

Soon he was working on a new deal with his Republican colleagues and Democrats in a Judiciary Committee anteroom.

The White House confirmed that Trump watched the testimony aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from NY. Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both supporters of abortion rights, have remained noncommittal.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

In a strongly worded letter obtained by CNN Thursday, the organization said it is making the extraordinary request "because of the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law", siding with concerns voiced by Senate Democrats since Christine Blasey Ford's decades-old allegations became public. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone. Kavanaugh said that the allegations-all three of them-were false and have irreparably damaged his reputation and damaged his family life.

Trump nominated the conservative jurist in what was supposed to be an election year capstone to the GOP agenda, locking in the court's majority for years to come.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC also mentioned the ABA's assessment during an impassioned defense of Kavanaugh on Thursday. But he reiterated he still believes Kavanaugh's nomination will ultimately be successful and said that he had not even thought about a new nominee if the vote on Kavanaugh fails. Both of them were in high school in suburban Maryland at that time.

Booker said Dr Ford's decision was "nothing short of heroic", whereas Harris thanked her, noting: "I want to tell you I believe you". Kavanaugh said he "never assaulted anyone".

As to whether he had a message for undecided senators like Collins and Murkowski, Trump said "they have to do what they think is right" and be comfortable with themselves.

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