More than 1200 law professors sign letter opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation

05 October, 2018, 07:15 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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But, he said in a press release, "If his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court". Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.

"Senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes", Mr Grassley said, echoing accusations against Democrats that Mr McConnell has been making.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he disagreed with the statement by Mr Grassley that the report found "no hint of misconduct" by Mr Kavanaugh. Stevens said he had praised Kavanaugh in previous years and thought he was qualified for the court, the newspaper said. He said the president owed Ford an immediate apology.

Mr Kavanaugh has said stories of bad behaviour while drinking are exaggerated. Another undecided Republican, Senator Lisa Murkowski, did not offer her view on the Federal Bureau of Investigation report. Collins has criticized Trump at times as well but not as often as Flake.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein said she had not yet had access to the entire report - but that from what she had seen it appeared insufficient to lay to rest concerns about Kavanaugh.

Feinstein complained Thursday that agents had not interviewed Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, who has testified that he sexually attacked her in a locked bedroom during a high school gathering in 1982.

"This so-called investigation leaves a lot more questions than answers", said Harris, who was also among the group of Democrats that walked out of last week's Judiciary Committee proceedings. The price of locking in a conservative Supreme Court majority for decades may be loosing control of Congress this November. A number of Kavanaugh's former high school or college classmates have come forward to describe his conduct from their youth, including a North Carolina State University professor, Chad Ludington.

"I've now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI's supplement to Judge Kavanaugh's background investigation file".

Kavanaugh, in a piece for the Wall Street Journal, defended his performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee while committing to being an "open-minded" and "independent" judge.


Kavanaugh wrote in the opinion piece that his testimony "reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused". "I don't know", Trump said as he imitated Ford, according to CNN. Almost 1,000 law professors signed a letter this week that said he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land".

Hatch, who supports Kavanaugh, refused to take the paper and kept walking as the women shouted questions at him and asked why he was ignoring them.

Top on the list are Ford and Kavanaugh.

On Wednesday, the three Republican senators key to Kavanaugh's approval blasted Trump for mocking Ford's memory lapses at a political rally.

Just a single copy of the report was produced, which was not made public.

The verbal battling commenced as the conservative jurist's prospects for winning Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court remained at the mercy of five wavering senators, with an initial, critical vote looming on Friday. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.

Kavanaugh admitted that he became "too emotional" and said things he shouldn't have.

Some protesters, many dressed in black, crowded into the Hart Senate Office Building after rallying in front of the Supreme Court on a sunny, warm autumn day.

"I don't like what the president said last night", he said.

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