Brett Kavanaugh pens op-ed in WSJ: 'I was very emotional'

Tanya Cunningham
October 5, 2018

Earlier, the FBI delivered the results of its investigation on the sexual assault allegations to U.S. senators.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. During her testimony in front of the committee, she said Kavanaugh covered her mouth to hide her screams as he grinded on her and attempted to remove her one-piece bathing suit.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal.

Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the claims.

The US Senate on Thursday stepped closer to a weekend confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh but angry protesters converged on Capitol Hill demanding his withdrawal over sex assault allegations.

Democrats assailed the probe as an incomplete vetting constrained by a White House determined to push through the lifetime appointment of Trump's man. They accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway.

"No additional corroborating information" was found in the FBI supplemental background investigation, said Flake. Ford told the committee she feared Kavanaugh would rape and accidentally kill her during the alleged assault when both where high school students in Maryland.

Republican leaders are increasingly optimistic about Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation after two undecided Republican senators, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, gave initial positive reactions to an Federal Bureau of Investigation report looking into the sexual assault allegations. "I don't remember", Trump said, mocking Ford's answers during last week's hearing. "I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge".

The self-defence came too late for John Paul Stevens, a retired Supreme Court justice who on Thursday said he once believed Kavanaugh to be a fine judge.


In an earlier tweet, Shah said the White House is "fully confident" that the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh, whose nomination has been roiled by the allegations of three women about his behavior more than three decades ago.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote today and a final vote tomorrow on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top United States court.

On Wednesday, all three took issue with Trump's mocking of Ford the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters.

With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still publicly undeclared, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation could hinge largely on the file's contents. A yes vote by Manchin would mean the GOP could afford to lose two votes from its party members.

Experts are split about whether the Kavanaugh uproar will fuel Republican or Democratic turnout, but Trump insisted that the "harsh and unfair" treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats is having "an incredible upward impact on voters".

The President made fun of Dr Ford's inability to remember some details about what happened, news.com.au reports.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said over four hours of testimony that a drunken Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing at a gathering of teenagers when he was 17 years old and she was 15 in 1982.

Prof Ford's lawyer said eight people were not interviewed who could corroborate her claims, while Ms Ramirez's lawyer said more than 20 witnesses were not contacted.

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