President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to reopen the background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh after two key Senate Republicans suggested they would not vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court without additional information on his alleged sexual misconduct while he was a teenager.
In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Kavanaugh said he was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation throughout the selection process and participated in several background calls with the Senate.
The committee voted to move Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full Senate pending an FBI investigation.
For Ford's family members, her testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was moving, bringing them to tears. The panel later voted in favor of Thomas and he was eventually confirmed to the Supreme Court.
The allegations against Kavanaugh, with the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men, have riveted the country even as they raised doubts about his confirmation chances.
That sentiment was shared by Sarah Round, 69, a retired elementary school teacher of Newport Center, Vermont, who felt empathy for Ford but not at the expense of Kavanaugh's reputation and future.
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Perhaps. The FBI has wide discretion in determining the scope of the investigation. That struggle looks like this: "regular people doing really scary things, things that make them cry, that sometimes scare their families", Archila said. His was "volcanic", as he not only unequivocally denied the allegations, but also decried an "orchestrated political hit" to ruin his reputation.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT listens to testimony from Christine Blasey Ford during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018. Lindsey Graham - who gave a fiery defense of Kavanaugh after the judge's testimony Thursday - said Graham's office has received as many women calling in support of Kavanaugh as in opposition.
A full and thorough FBI investigation and further testimony, wrote Dershowitz, would also address what he called a "credibility tie". She's accused Kavanaugh and Judge of "abusive" behavior toward women and of being present at a party where she was raped. "I hoped that would help provide leverage", Flake said.
They were also asked about a part of Kavanaugh's opening statement in which he said he harbors no "ill will" against Ford, and as his voice trembled, talked about his 10-year-old daughter, who prayed for her father's accuser.
"I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Democratic Sen. "I think it's galvanized the women on the right more than it's galvanized the women on the left".
Leahy released a statement on Friday morning, in which he reiterated his decision to vote against Kavanaugh's nomination.