Trump Backs Court Nominee Kavanugh After Fiery Hearing

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, which would potentially advance him to a wider Senate vote, and eventual confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice.

Confronting those biases is part of the challenge facing Ford, who will seek to come off as credible and not motivated by politics in the face of majority Republicans pressing forward with Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Mitchell's questions steered clear of the details of the alleged assault and focused at times on whether Ford was coordinating with Kavanaugh opponents. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after Ford testified about her allegation over the course of four hours.

"I love Kavanaugh's tone", the younger Trump said in one post.

Hours later, Kavanaugh entered the hearing room fuming.

Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard. Trump and Republicans have refused to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the matter.

Ford claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed during a party in Maryland, attempted to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

Ford had repeatedly asked for an FBI investigation during her testimony, which only Democrats on the committee then supported.

After the vote, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was overheard telling Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that "this is all a gentlemen and women's agreement".

"I have to say that I fear for the future". She said her father was an alcoholic.

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White House spokesman Raj Shah said before the Judiciary Committee vote that the administration believes "things are moving in the right direction" for Kavanaugh's confirmation and that the White House is continuing to engage with undecided senators. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently sparred with President Trump, announced he would support the nominee Thursday night.

By turns seething and scornful, Kavanaugh seemed to adopt Trump's assertion Wednesday that the attacks against him were a "con job". Later, she told Durbin her certainty was "100 percent".

Soon after the hearing ended, Trump issued a tweet praising Kavanaugh's testimony as "powerful, honest, and riveting".

A lot of the conversations during Thursday's hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were focused on a potential FBI investigation. Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist.

But with televisions across the nation tuned in to the hearing - senators among those riveted to their screens - it was unclear how politicians who will ultimately decide Mr Kavanaugh's fate will assess Ms Ford's credibility.

Trump nominated the conservative jurist in what was supposed to be an election year capstone to the GOP agenda, locking in the court's majority for years to come. Democrats, he said, want to "blow me up and take me down". The committee vote was 11-10 along party lines. "But at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at Borking".

Kavanaugh slammed what he called a "grotesque and coordinated character assassination" and a "calculated and orchestrated political hit". "I'm sorry to interrupt".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Kavanaugh entered the hearing room fuming and ready to fight, as he angrily denied the charges from Ford and other women accusing him of misconduct, barked back at senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant "whatever".

"Would you like to say more about it?" Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegation. "But you know, you have stuff like this, and that doesn't mean it didn't happen, and that doesn't mean it can just go away". He later apologised to her. "And I believe many Americans across the country believe you". He interrupted senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant "whatever".