Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh

Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh

Many women line up in support of Kavanaugh

My hope is that some Democrats will say "Hey, we may not change our vote, but this process was worthy of the institution, and we feel satisfied".

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, another top GOP backer of Kavanaugh, told reporters he thought an FBI investigation was "overkill" but that he was ok with the idea.

Swetnik claimed that she was raped by such a group at a party where Kavanaugh and Judge were present.

Democrats have been particularly focused on getting more information from Mark Judge, a high school friend of Kavanaugh who Ford said was also in the room during her alleged assault. Judge said in the letter he doesn't know Swetnick and denied her allegations. Jeff Flake and other moderate senators called for a weeklong delay on a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to give time for an investigation.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee from Rhode Island, said he expects the FBI would provide adequate staffing for the investigation, with teams working in parallel to investigate separate allegations. In 2018, after a year of sparring with Trump, they're looking for payback, and they're not exactly particular about how they get it. I told Chris, "Our country's coming apart on this-and it can't".

SIMON: What reaction so far from Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford?

Ford testified to the committee on Thursday that at the gathering, she was pushed into a bedroom from behind and that an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth when she tried to yell for help.

Friday morning, the day after the hearing, Flake announced his support for moving Kavanaugh's nomination forward due to the fact that there was a lack of corroborating evidence.

In an 11th-hour move, however, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake asked for a delay of up to a week before Kavanaugh's nomination is put to a vote in the full Senate to allow for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations against him.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me", 23-year-old Gallagher said in the video alongside Archila.

President Donald Trump and Republicans who narrowly control the Senate must now wait - for up to a week - for the report by an agency that he has repeatedly attacked and derided as biased against his administration.

For example, field agents likely will ask about Kavanaugh's use of alcohol in high school and college more than they would in a normal background investigation, a former official said. Now, the decision is left to the full Senate to confirm or reject Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the high court.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump announced Friday.

According to a letter Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Rhode Island man contacted Rhode Island Sen.

"But I saw him, and I got really angry", she said.

An attorney for Keyser, a friend of Ford's, emphasized that Keyser has no recollection of the party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her.

"I've done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he said.

Trump chose Kavanaugh in July to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. When investigators have completed their work, anything they've discovered will be turned over to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh's background check file.

Three other senators - Democrat Joe Manchin and Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - are still undecided.

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