Kavanaugh Nomination Vote Looms After Sex Assault Hearing


The one thing that seems pretty obvious after a marathon day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: whatever side you were on before you heard it…you’re probably still on the same side. Now? The Committee is weighing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court…and they’re planning to vote on it today. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s events:

  • Both Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, told their side of the story. Ford spoke first and admitted that she was terrified to speak at the hearing, but was doing it out of a sense of civic duty. She said she was pushed into a bedroom during a party in the 1980s and molested by Ford until she managed to escape.
  • After her testimony, Kavanaugh addressed the committee and angrily denied the accusations. He remarked that his family and good name have been destroyed by a number of unfounded allegations. He also said the Senate's role of advise-and-consent has become "search and destroy."
  • Aside from giving their statements, both Ford and Kavanaugh were questioned by Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. She probed both of their accounts of what happened and what didn't happen around the time of the alleged assault. The fly in the ointment? Mitchell could only ask questions in segments of five minutes, and there were no "gotcha" moments when she questioned either Ford or Kavanaugh.

The key senators who will likely decide if Kavanaugh makes it to the bench of the United States Supreme Court? While conventional wisdom is that Democrats will vote in lockstep, Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine are wildcards…and when you consider that Republicans can only afford to lose one member (if all the Democrats do vote against), the short answer is that no one will know anything until the vote, which is set for 9:30am today.

(Source - C-SPAN)

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