Bill Nelson will vote no on Kavanaugh nomination

Faith Castro
September 28, 2018

Professor Christine Blasey Ford has given emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are hoping to hold another phone conversation with Judge Kavauaugh on Wednesday to quiz him about Ms Swetnick's allegations. "Each appointment to our nation's highest court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote".

Some conservative scholars have suggested Blasey Ford's accusation was a case of mistaken identity, but Blasey Ford, 51, insisted she has a "100 percent" level of certainty that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her. Both told their stories to the Senate Judiciary Committee during a almost nine-hour-long hearing.

If all 10 Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, the spotlight would shine on Flake, who is retiring after this year and has shown a willingness to defy President Trump.

Meanwhile, there were signs the remarkable testimony before the panel in which Kavanaugh angrily declared his innocence and Ford calmly recounted the moment in which she says he attacked her had registered negatively with two organizations whose support Kavanaugh had earlier received.

Now the editors are denouncing Republicans for not investigating the research psychologist's claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers and are calling for his nomination to be withdrawn.

America in July had endorsed Kavanaugh on the grounds that he might have provided the Supreme Court with the vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

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Both Democrats and Republicans were on the call but on the latter party were allowed to ask questions.

"I will vote no on Judge Kavanaugh", Nelson tweeted. Kavanaugh said this not once but twice.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

"While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well", Flake said. "I have never done this to her or to anyone".

The testimony - made under oath at a high-stakes hearing - is damning for Kavanaugh, whose nomination is facing intense scrutiny, as two other women also have come out identifying themselves as victims of sexual misconduct by the federal judge.

She told the committee she feared Kavanaugh would rape and accidentally kill her during the alleged assault.

Flake says Ford's account "was compelling, but she's lacking corroboration from those who were there".

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