Donald Trump: Brett Kavanaugh Testimony 'Powerful, Honest, and Riveting'

Donald Trump: Brett Kavanaugh Testimony 'Powerful, Honest, and Riveting'

Donald Trump: Brett Kavanaugh Testimony 'Powerful, Honest, and Riveting'

Her account, delivered in a soft and sometimes-halting voice, came as the Judiciary panel began an extraordinary session that Republicans hope will let them salvage Kavanaugh's chances of joining the high court.

While Trump himself watched the testimony from the residential section of the White House, officials gathered in White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders' office in the West Wing to watch the proceedings. "You may defeat me in the final vote but you'll never get me to quit".

Ms Ford has said Mr Kavanaugh trapped her on a bed and tried undressing her, grinding his body against her and muffling her cries with her hand.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who told Kavanaugh during the hearings, "you've got nothing to apologize for", said if Democrats truly wanted an FBI investigation, they could have spoken up when Democratic Sen.

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", said Ford, who is a research psychologist, "the uproarious laughter between the two".

Reacting to Kavanaugh's testimony in a post on Twitter, Trump wrote: "Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him".

Kavanaugh, whose fate hangs in the balance, said the "circus" surrounding the allegations against him amounted to "a grotesque and coordinated character assassination".

Ford's allegations of sexual assault was supported by the Democrats.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, potentially advancing him to a wider Senate vote and eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"At the daylong session Thursday, Ford and Kavanaugh both said the event and the public controversy that has erupted 36 years later had altered their lives forever and for the worse - perhaps the only thing they agreed on during a long day of testimony that was a study in contrasts of tone as well as substance". Democratic questioners are certain to ask uncomfortable questions about Kavanaugh's youth that could create defensive or combative moments.

Judge directed the letter, "under penalty of felony", to Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein, through his attorney Barbara Van Gelder.

Tester also said he has "deep concerns about the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh". Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both supporters of abortion rights, have remained noncommittal.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and can only afford one defection in their bid to confirm Kavanaugh, assuming they secure no Democratic votes.

Kavanaugh ditched his prepared remarks and instead issued a blistering statement declaring the confirmation process "a national disgrace". President Trump could order the FBI to investigate Dr. Ford's claims against Kavanaugh.

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.

Bush has been advocating for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh with wavering senators in recent days.

Julie Swetnick broke her silence on Thursday, saying she came forward with her allegation because she does not want Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

Dive into everything we've written on today's Kavanaugh hearing - almost 40 articles in all - from USA TODAY's Short List.

"This whole two-week effort have been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about president Trump and the 2016 election", he said, adding that they were seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups". Lindsay Graham after the South Carolina Republican railed against Democrats, accusing them of treating Kavanaugh "despicably". Kavanaugh needed to come out swinging. Kavanaugh said he "never assaulted anyone".

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