Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

Ms Feinstein criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment". He called it "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and pointed to "millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups".

There was initially expected to be a procedural vote on the Senate floor on Saturday, with Republican leaders' looking to hold a final Senate vote early next week, but given the concerns from Flake, that could now change.

She was also by his side as her husband was interviewed by Fox News this week about the allegations he is now facing. "The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out", Kavanaugh said addressing the Democrats.

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

The decision to tap Mitchell comes as Republican senators insist that their committee staffers can handle an investigation that Democrats and Kavanaugh's accusers have said the FBI should be conducting.

Republican senators repeated that claim throughout the day, most notably in an impassioned speech by Sen.

Fellow Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, of SC, said Democrats' treatment of Mr Kavanaugh was the "most despicable thing" he had seen in politics. Ford said Kavanaugh pushed her into a room and pinned her to a bed.

"I am here today not because I want to be", Blasey Ford said as she recounted the sexual assault which she alleged occurred at a high school party at a suburban Maryland home in 1982.

"I found no reason to find her not credible", said Sen.

"I listened to the beginning of the hearing in my vehicle, and then I frantically put on my headphones for the few seconds when I'd be walking into the building", said Untermyer.

Graham said that if Kavanaugh "goes down, then we don't deserve to stay in power".

At one point in Thursday's hearing, Kavanaugh made reference to the former president's predicament from 20 years ago, when he was impeached by the US House of Representatives but later acquitted by the Senate.

"My preference would be to keep him", Trump said Wednesday. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) sought to have Kavanaugh himself request the investigation from the White House.

Within moments of the proceedings concluding, Trump wholeheartedly backed Kavanaugh, saying, "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting".

As the Associated Press notes, "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". Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist.

For some, it was clear that Kavanaugh's interruptions of Sens. "I feel ambushed as the majority", he said. 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.

But Democrats said Mr Kavanaugh's three-and-a-half-hour appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee raised more questions than it answered. "But at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at Borking".

This time, it could be the four Democratic committee members who were prosecutors or attorneys general who could ask Kavanaugh the toughest questions. "I'm sorry to interrupt".

"Kavanaugh, who has two daughters, said one of his girls said they should "pray for the woman" making the allegations against him, referring to Ford". Judge has denied being involved in any such sexual assault or in actions alleged by other women that have also surfaced in relation to Kavanaugh in recent weeks.

"Would you like to say more about it?" Each denied the allegations against them. "And if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn't have done what you've done to this guy". He later apologised to her.

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He interrupted senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant "whatever".

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election", he said.

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