Bill Nelson will vote no on Kavanaugh nomination

Bill Nelson will vote no on Kavanaugh nomination

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gained the support of a key Republican senator on Friday, virtually ensuring his nomination will advance to the full Senate a day after Kavanaugh adamantly denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, who insists she is "100%" certain he did.

The president of Georgetown Prep, the Rev. James R. Van Dyke, has said the controversy over Ford's accusations has compelled the school to "evaluate our school culture" and redouble efforts to help students develop a healthy understanding of masculinity.

It was Ford's telling the committee she now has two front doors at her home - a decision she said she made because of the lasting trauma of the alleged assault - that convinced Kathleen Pierman, 66, who watched the testimony at home. "Don't look away from me", she said. ABC News reports the author might be Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in his hearing on Thursday.

When Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked her if it could be a case of mistaken identity, as Kavanaugh and some Republican senators have suggested, Ford replied: "Absolutely not". Aides said they thought Kavanaugh was effectively fighting back and expressed optimism he could survive the process.

After the hearing, and Trump's tweet, Democratic committee member Sen. The first accuser Christine Ford has also agreed to testify publicly.

The nearly nine hours of intensely emotional testimony came against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault and had millions of Americans riveted to their TV screens and smartphones.




"They were laughing with each other", Ford said.

The contentious Friday morning Judiciary Committee meeting began with Sen.

She added that it seems Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes and attempted to take them off at a house party in 1982, "absolutely was wronged by somebody" but that person was not Kavanaugh.

During Kavanaugh's testimony, Republican senators sidelined Mitchell and asked their own questions. "Judge Kavanaugh continues to enjoy a legal presumption of innocence, but the standard for a nominee to the Supreme Court is far higher; there is no presumption of confirmability".

Kavanaugh on Wednesday once again rejected the allegations as "last minute smears" that were "false and uncorroborated".

That may be true, but Kavanaugh bowing out of the Supreme Court running is "the best of the bad resolutions", the editors conclude. Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes.

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