Senate Judiciary Committee sets Kavanaugh vote for Friday

Demonstrators protesting against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Demonstrators protested against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh yesterday. Kevin Dietsch UPI Newscom

The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT).

"Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man's personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated", he said. Typically, senators themselves do the questioning. Ford has agreed to testify on Thursday, after almost a week of fraught negotiations with chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley.

"They locked the door and played loud music, precluding any successful attempts to yell for help", Ford said in her letter.

The president said Ramirez was "all messed up" and "totally inebriated", and that it would be "a terrible, disgusting thing for future political people, judges" if the Senate does not confirm Kavanaugh.

McConnell told Senate Republicans today that he's eyeing Monday or Tuesday for a vote on Kavanaugh - "unless something derailed it along the way", per John Thune.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, has told The New Yorker that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her in college.

"She added afterward, she remembered hearing a person shout from down a hallway, "'Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face'".

The judge said he never had sexual intercourse "or anything close to (it)" until long after he left Georgetown Prep, the elite all-boys Catholic high school he attended in Rockville, Maryland.

The New York Times said it declined to do so after failing to substantiate Ramirez's account. "I've always treated women with dignity and respect", he said. But particularly when it comes to the question of Supreme Court nominations, they've never let consistency get in their way before, have they?

Kavanaugh, whom Trump picked in July to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench, was accused earlier in September of forcing himself on Palo Alto University psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford when the two were teenagers.

President Donald Trump weighed in from the United Nations in NY, despite efforts by White House aides and other Republicans to keep him from roiling the waters.

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Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of a handful of Senate Republicans undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political".

A comment by Murkowski to CNN on Tuesday could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh.

Yet Trump's defiant stance could also stir his Republican base to head to the polls in November, frustrated at what many see as a cynical attempt to sink a qualified nominee. "Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with Judge, who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh".

But since Blasey Ford's charges, one and possibly two more women have come forth with similar allegations of sexual assault or abuse when he was young.

Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

"I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit, but that's not what we're talking about". Perhaps this will, in turn, create a system where voices of sexual assault victims are heard and believed.

"The American people know that sexual misconduct is gravely serious", McConnell said Tuesday.

"I can tell you that false accusations of all types are made against a lot of people", he added.

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He posted $1 million bond and was held under arrest in the weeks leading up to his sentencing. "The suggestion that Mr. If he must serve time, he could be taken into custody immediately after the judge pronounces the sentence .

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