Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Key GOP Senators Condemn Trump’s Mockery Of Christine Blasey Ford

Key GOP Senators Condemn Trump’s Mockery Of Christine Blasey Ford

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The White House received the results overnight of the latest Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the conservative 53-year-old judge and senators were reviewing it on Thursday.

Comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski were reportedly among those arrested. Late Wednesday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the F.B.I. probe was over and cleared the way for an important procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to take place on Friday. Jeff Flake of Arizona - a key vote on the nomination - called for it with the backing of Republican Sens. "I'm ready to work with the President to confirm a nominee who is suited for the honor and distinction of serving this lifetime appointment". He says there's no contemporaneous evidence that corroborates the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against Kavanaugh. Each wants to see the results of the FBI investigation.

Harcourt said they signed out of concern about a rush to judgment, in the belief that for the Senate to elevate Kavanaugh "without full information and deliberation to the Supreme Court would undermine the respect owed" to the institution.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. And once that report lands, few may see it: Republicans plan to lock it in a safe, restricting its distribution and making senators view the report in a secure meeting - dive into the nitty-gritty on the report, if you'd like.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a panel now equally divided between four conservative and four liberal justices. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins pointedly rebuking the President.

The report had become the central focus of the debate over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats hoping it would corroborate allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, two women who say the judge groped or exposed himself to them during those parties.

"Beyond this shameful spectacle, which is an embarrassment to the Senate, what will endure are the actual facts before us", he said, adding that he looks forward to voting for the "well-qualified" Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh vehemently denies the allegation.

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Nicole Kieley, executive director of the N.L. Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre, says the group's 24-hour Crisis Support and Information Line saw a spike in calls during the hearings. The nomination battle boiled down to a "he said, she said" conflict requiring senators to decide between diametrically opposed accounts offered by Kavanaugh and Ford.

Earlier Wednesday three Republican senators key to Kavanaugh's approval blasted Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally.

That's created a backup of senators in a Capitol complex already tense over protests, beefed-up security and campaign-season politics. Another Democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal, told reporters it was a "whitewash". If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.

Even Trump ally Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine: "I would tell him, knock it off".

"I feel pretty good about where we are", added Senator John Thune, a member of Senate Republican leadership. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. - was hardly the demeanor of anyone who should serve as a judge anywhere, let alone on the Supreme Court.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", she said.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.

She testified that a drunken Mr Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed. Underscoring the GOP effort to vote on Kavanaugh quickly - and end the chances for fresh allegations to emerge - he said "it shouldn't take long" for lawmakers to read the report.

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