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Brett Kavanaugh tearfully defends himself

Brett Kavanaugh tearfully defends himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Newest on the Supreme Courtroom nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all occasions native):

eight:10 p.m.

Republican senators say the Judiciary Committee plans to vote Friday morning on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Courtroom.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second ranking-Republican, had stated Thursday that the GOP convention would meet and “see where we are.” After assembly, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham stated, “There will be a vote tomorrow morning.”

Kavanaugh and a lady accusing him of sexual assault, California psychologist Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford, spent hours testifying Thursday earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford advised senators that one night time in the summertime of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh pressured her down on a mattress, groped her and tried to take off her garments. Kavanaugh, testifying second, forcefully denied the accusation and stated he’s by no means sexually assaulted anybody.

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eight:05 p.m.

A Democratic senator who’s undecided on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Courtroom says she must “fully digest” the committee listening to on a sexual assault allegation towards him.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota praised the “courage” of Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to the Senate that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in a bed room once they have been teenagers. Kavanaugh in his personal testimony denied ever sexually assaulting anybody.

Heitkamp additionally stated it was necessary that the Senate Judiciary Committee heard Kavanaugh’s aspect of the story.

She burdened that a nonpartisan FBI investigation must be carried out to “bring greater clarity” to Ford’s declare and Kavanaugh’s denial.

Heitkamp is operating for re-election this yr in a state the place President Donald Trump is widespread, and she or he is beneath strain over her vote on Kavanaugh. She is dealing with Rep. Kevin Cramer in a race seen as essential for Republicans’ possibilities to maintain the Senate.

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7:30 p.m.

A lawyer for Mark Decide says he “does not recall the events” described by Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford throughout her dramatic testimony earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford accused Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a gathering greater than 30 years in the past. She says Kavanaugh’s classmate Decide was within the bed room when the assault happened.

Decide’s lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, stated Thursday that he “does not want to comment about these events publicly” and “will not respond to any media inquiries.”

Van Gelder says Decide “is willing to answer written questions, and he has. In addition, he is willing to participate in a confidential, fact-finding investigation.”

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegation.

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7:15 p.m.

Senate Republicans are huddling to debate the subsequent steps on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Courtroom.

Kavanaugh and a lady accusing him of sexual assault, California psychologist Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford, spent hours testifying Thursday earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford advised senators that one night time in the summertime of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh pressured her down on a mattress, groped her and tried to take off her garments. Kavanaugh, testifying second, forcefully denied the accusation and stated he’s by no means sexually assaulted anybody.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Friday morning on Kavanaugh’s nomination, until Republicans determine to postpone it.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second ranking-Republican, says the GOP convention will meet and “see where we are.” However he says the plan continues to be to have the vote.

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7:10 p.m.

The ultimate query to Brett Kavanaugh on the Senate Judiciary Committee was a religious one.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana requested the Supreme Courtroom nominee on Thursday if he believed in God.

When Kavanaugh stated he did, Kennedy advised him this was a “last opportunity” to testify earlier than “God and country.”

The senator requested the decide to look him within the eye. Then he requested Kavanaugh if the allegations of sexual assault from Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford have been true.

Kavanaugh says, “They’re not accurate.”

Kavanaugh says he doesn’t query Ford’s testimony that she had been assaulted “by someone, some place.”

However Kavanaugh says he has “never done this to anyone, including her.”

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7 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he didn’t watch Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford testify about her accusation that he sexually assaulted her once they have been teenagers.

Each Kavanaugh and Ford spent hours testifying Thursday earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Ford going first. Ford advised senators that one night time in the summertime of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh pressured her down on a mattress, groped her and tried to take off her garments. Kavanaugh, testifying second, forcefully denied the accusation and stated he’s by no means sexually assaulted anybody.

Kavanaugh was requested by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris close to the top of the listening to whether or not he had watched Ford’s testimony.

Kavanaugh responded: “I plan to, but I did not. I was preparing mine.”

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6:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump is backing Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the decide’s testimony throughout a Senate listening to “powerful, honest, and riveting.” Trump is declaring, “The Senate must vote!”

Trump defended his nominee on Twitter on Thursday shortly after the extraordinary listening to earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded.

The president says the Democrats’ “search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist.”

Kavanaugh defiantly denied allegations he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford once they have been highschool college students. Ford testified earlier within the day that she was “100 percent” sure Kavanaugh assaulted her.

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6:50 p.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee listening to that includes Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a lady accusing him of sexual assault once they have been youngsters has adjourned after greater than eight hours.

California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford testified first Thursday, saying that she had been terrified to return ahead however felt that it was her civic obligation. She says Kavanaugh pinned her towards a mattress once they have been in highschool, grinded towards her and tried to take off her garments. She says she considers it tried rape.

Kavanaugh testified afterward, forcefully denying that he had sexually assaulted anybody and saying Democrats have been making an attempt to break his life.

The panel is about to vote Friday on whether or not to advocate Kavanaugh’s nomination transfer ahead to the complete Senate.

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6:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump is inspired by Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s passionate denials of Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford’s claims that he sexually assaulted her in highschool.

A White Home official advised The Related Press on Thursday that the West Wing noticed the decide’s opening assertion as “game changing” and stated Trump seemed to be reacting positively.

Trump watched the Senate Judiciary Committee listening to on Air Drive One as he traveled from New York, then resumed monitoring again on the White Home.

Two Republicans near the White Home say Trump expressed sympathy for Kavanaugh and his household for having to take heed to Ford’s tearful recounting of allegations. After seeing Ford’s testimony, White Home aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh would have an uphill climb to ship a robust sufficient displaying.

However they are saying Trump was inspired by Kavanaugh’s efficiency.

— Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Catherine Lucey.

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5:50 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh has apologized after tangling with Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar) over his consuming in highschool.

The senator from Minnesota requested Kavanaugh on Thursday about his consuming habits throughout a listening to on sexual assault allegations. Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford says Kavanaugh was drunk on the time he sexually assaulted her.

Klobuchar stated Kavanaugh wrote in testimony that he typically had too many drinks. Klobuchar requested whether or not he ever drank a lot that he couldn’t keep in mind what occurred or a part of what occurred the night time earlier than. Kavanaugh answered “no.”

In a back-and-forth, he added, “Have you?” and adopted up a second time.

Klobuchar stated: “I have no drinking problem, Judge.” Kavanaugh responded: “Nor do I.”

After coming back from a break, he apologized for asking her that query.

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5:05 p.m.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says the Democrats’ remedy of Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the “most despicable thing” he has seen in politics.

Graham stated Thursday that Democrats sat on allegations towards Kavanaugh after which sprung them on the nominee on the final minute in a determined try to stop his affirmation.

The South Carolina senator says Democrats need to “destroy” Kavanaugh’s life and maintain the seat open within the hope of profitable the White Home in 2020.

Graham says a vote towards Kavanaugh would “legitimize the most despicable thing I have ever seen in politics.” He additionally referred to as the Democrats’ techniques “the most unethical sham.”

Graham supported Republicans’ finally profitable efforts to dam motion on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Courtroom nomination of Decide Merrick Garland.

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5 p.m.

In a heated change with a Democratic senator, Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh dismissed the scrutiny of his highschool yearbook as an “absurdity.”

Democratic senators have been mentioning Kavanaugh’s yearbook as they query him about Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford’s allegation of sexual assault once they have been teenagers. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont requested Kavanaugh about his yearbook and the “drinking” and “sexual exploits” it mentions. As Kavanaugh began to reply, Leahy tried to chop him off.

Kavanaugh retorted, “I’m going to talk about my high school record if you’re going to sit here and mock me.”

After Kavanaugh talked about how he “busted his butt” on teachers and performed sports activities in highschool, Leahy stated: “We got a filibuster but not a single answer.”

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four:35 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh is looking sure allegations towards him a “joke” and a “farce.”

Kavanaugh made the statements whereas testifying Thursday earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee following allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her in highschool. Allegations by different ladies adopted these by Ford.

Kavanaugh was referring particularly to allegations by Julie Swetnick, whose identify and allegations turned public Wednesday, a day earlier than the hearings. Swetnick stated in a sworn assertion that she witnessed Kavanaugh “consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s.”

Kavanaugh was responding to questions from Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein when he stated: “The Swetnick thing is a joke, that’s a farce.”

Feinstein requested Kavanaugh if he needed to say extra about Swetnick’s allegations. Kavanaugh responded: “No.”

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four:15 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh is apologizing to a highschool acquaintance whose identify was in a yearbook entry written by him and others with the phrase “alumnus” after.

Kavanaugh referred to as Renate (reh-NAH’-tah) Schroeder Dolphin “a good female friend” whom individuals in his social circle “would admire and went to dances with.” He stated the yearbook reference “was clumsily intended to show affection and that she was one of us.”

He says the media has falsely interpreted the time period “alumnus” as being associated to intercourse. He stated it was not, including that he and Dolphin “never had any sexual interaction at all.”

He says, “So sorry to her for that yearbook reference.”

In response to studies, Dolphin had initially been one in every of 65 ladies to endorse Kavanaugh after the sexual assault allegations got here to mild from Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford. Kavanaugh forcefully denied the accusation.

Dolphin withdrew her endorsement after Ford’s accusation got here to mild.

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four:05 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh says Democrats’ actions up to now couple of weeks might imply he won’t ever once more get to do two issues he loves, train regulation and coach basketball.

Kavanaugh’s feedback Thursday got here in a unprecedented, 45-minute opening assertion through which he repeatedly expressed rancor towards Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh is blaming Democrats for the fraught surroundings stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct made by Christine Blasey Ford and two different ladies. He denied sexually assaulting anybody, together with Ford once they have been youngsters in highschool.

The 53-year-old nominee gestured towards the Democrats seated to his proper when he stated that “thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to teach again.” He repeated that formulation when speaking about teaching his daughters in basketball.

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four p.m.

Brett Kavanaugh says he by no means imagined the subject of intercourse would come up in a affirmation listening to, however he needs lawmakers to know he by no means had sexual activity or something near it throughout highschool or for a few years after that.

He stated Thursday that for him and the women he was associates with, the shortage of main rampant sexual exercise in highschool “was a matter of faith and respect and caution.”

He says the committee has a letter from 65 ladies who knew him in highschool they usually stated he all the time handled them with dignity and respect.

He says that letter got here collectively in a single night time 35 years after commencement. He says they knew they might be vilified in the event that they defended him.

Kavanaugh tells senators “think about that. They put themselves on the line for me. Those are some awesome women.”

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three:45 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh says the sexual allegations towards him are a “calculated and orchestrated political hit.”

California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford testified Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her throughout a gathering whereas they have been in highschool. She says she’s 100 % sure it was him. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

Each are testifying earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He says a part of the rationale for the allegations is anger by some about President Donald Trump and the 2016 election, and out of revenge on “behalf of the Clintons.” Within the 1990s, Kavanaugh was on the workforce that investigated President Invoice Clinton as a part of particular prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s investigation. The report led to Clinton’s impeachment, although he was not faraway from workplace.

Kavanaugh stated Thursday that the allegations are additionally the results of cash from left-wing opposition teams.

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three:40 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh is choking up earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee as he fights again towards allegations of sexual assault.

The decide sounded indignant and tried to carry again tears Thursday as he informed senators he was “innocent of this charge.” Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford testified earlier that he groped her and held her down throughout a celebration once they have been teenagers.

Kavanaugh “categorically denied” all features of her testimony, saying he by no means did these issues years in the past.

The daddy of two daughters says one in every of his women stated they need to “pray for the woman” making the allegations.

Kavanaugh says, “That’s a lot of wisdom from a 10 year old.” He says, “We mean no ill will.”

Kavanaugh continued his testimony, his voice rising and choking up, all through.

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three:37 p.m.

Melania Trump has not been watching the Senate Judiciary Committee listening to that includes Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the primary woman and members of her employees have been in conferences all day Thursday about her upcoming journey to Africa. The primary woman is scheduled to depart Monday on a weeklong go to to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her once they have been youngsters.

Kavanaugh denies Ford’s allegation. He has additionally denied claims of sexual misconduct towards him a number of different ladies.

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three:35 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he “never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind” with Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh is testifying Thursday earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford testified earlier, telling senators that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a gathering in highschool.

She says he and a good friend barricaded her in a room and Kavanaugh received on prime of her and coated her mouth so she couldn’t cry out for assist. She says she is “100 percent” sure it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

Kavanaugh stated that he isn’t questioning whether or not Ford was sexually assaulted — however he says he didn’t do this to her or anybody. He says he’s “innocent of this charge.”

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three:30 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh is telling a Senate panel that he “will not be intimidated” into withdrawing his nomination to the Supreme Courtroom.

Kavanaugh informed lawmakers Thursday in his opening assertion to the Senate Judiciary Committee: “You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit. Never.”

Kavanaugh was talking following testimony by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford. She says that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her once they have been teenagers and that she is “100 percent” sure it was him.

Kavanaugh informed lawmakers he’s “innocent of this charge.”

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three:25 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh is giving a defiant opening assertion on the Senate Judiciary Committee to clear his identify of allegations of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh advised senators on Thursday the allegations have left his household and his identify “totally and permanently destroyed.”

The appellate courtroom decide sounded indignant, his voice rising. He says, “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace.”

He lashed out on the committee over the time it has taken to convene the listening to after Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford’s allegation first emerged. He says, “This is a circus.”

He urged senators to take heed to the individuals who know him and never these making grotesque allegations towards him.

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three:15 p.m.

Supreme Courtroom nominee Brett Kavanaugh has advised a Senate panel that his household and his identify “have been totally and permanently destroyed.”

Kavanaugh spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to on Thursday after Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when each have been in highschool. She stated she was terrified to return ahead however did so as a result of she felt it was her civic obligation.

He says his affirmation course of has develop into “a national disgrace” and a “character assassination.”

Ford says the assault is seared in her reminiscence and she or he is “100 percent” sure that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

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