Today was supposed to be simple. It was going to be dotted with Democrats once again whining about the process.
If the Federal Bureau of Investigation turns up nothing significant, they will say what Joe Biden said in 1991, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not reach conclusions.
The Judiciary committee plans a vote on Kavanaugh Friday.
Meanwhile, a Democratic senator who is undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination said she needs to "fully digest" the committee hearing on a sexual assault allegation against him.
Actress/Comedian Natasha Rothwell, taking aim at US Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who prompted the delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation vote so the FBI further investigate the allegations, tweeted Friday: "I refuse to applaud someone for stopping just short of doing the right thing". It's on a weeklong timetable. GOP Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both supporters of abortion rights, have remained noncommittal. It's the wrong move.
Last weekend, he pushed the committee to give Ford more time to decide whether to testify. It's delay, delay, and delay.
Even for folks who claim that Ford is a Democratic operative or that Kavanaugh's underage conduct is irrelevant to his current character, this poses a problem: Kavanaugh's current character seems to be that of someone who's lying about a lot of (often petty) things.
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee spoke hours after Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath that Kavanaugh had groped and attempted to rape her at a high school party.
"You will not drive me out", he said.
While progressive forces opposed to Kavanaugh are mobilizing for mass demonstrations on Friday to demand senators reject Kavanaugh and Republicans circle the wagons to rush him through to a vote, the letter by the ABA comes as a striking blow by a seemingly less partisan organization that sees itself as defending the reputation of the legal committee, advocating for the "rule of law", and represents the collective voice of over 400,000 of the nation's licensed lawyers.
The maneuvering followed an emotional day of testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford that exposed divisions over justice, fairness and who should be believed.
Kavanaugh's accuser has four people to back up her claims
Republicans have derided her allegation as part of a smear campaign and a Democratic plot to sink Kavanaugh's nomination. The White House confirmed that Trump watched the testimony aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from NY .
The scope of the investigation is absolutely key for its feasibility in such a short period of time.
When asked if they could get the investigation done in a week, a senior FBI official told Fox News, "That depends on the schedules of everyone we'd have to interview, including the accuser, accused and witnesses". She told senators she was confident Kavanaugh was "the boy who sexually assaulted me".
"Investigations are surprising", said Chuck Rosenberg, a former US attorney, Drug Enforcement Administration head and FBI official.
He said FBI investigators "always work with the committees to do a background check".
There are several reasons why an FBI investigation would be different.
Her support of the proposal means Majority leader Sen.
"It is also possible that one of them is deliberately lying", he noted. It's now a street fight.
As the hearing opened, Democrats motioned to subpoena Mark Judge. Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy. "The Senate must vote!" Its members and staff are the ones who must draw conclusions about what they believe so its members can vote on whether to recommend his nomination to the full Senate. South Carolina Republican Sen. And there were testimony and statements from countless personal friends, classmates, coworkers, former clerks, and other associates. The association had previously given Kavanaugh a unanimous "well-qualified" rating, its highest rating. He holds two degrees from Yale, and for years has lectured at Harvard Law School. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) explained that while he voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a full Senate vote, he did so with the request that said floor vote be delayed for up to a week while the FBI conducts an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
"The Committee has also thoroughly investigated the last-minute allegations that have been brought forward".
McConnell then concluded: "All in all, this is a nominee who has received what many considered the gold standard of judicial qualification". I commend our colleagues on the Committee for sending this impressive nominee here to the floor with a favorable recommendation.
Kavanaugh reiterated that he had wanted a Senate hearing on the allegations against him.