A big update just hit the newswires and the Senate Judiciary Committee has stated that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s vote is scheduled. They finally agreed on a date and set it for this Friday at 9:30 am.
This is one day after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify in front of lawmakers on the sexual assault accusations brought forward by Ford. These are accusations that suggest Kavanaugh tried to take her clothes off at a party, but Kavanaugh denies all accusations and Ford’s story from over 30 years ago doesn’t quite add up.
It looks like they want to get the job done and stop playing games with Democrats.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told reporters “I go into the hearings with very positive feelings about him, and I hope Thursday goes well” as reported by Fox News.
Kavanaugh briefly faced another accusation by a Yale classmate named Deborah Ramirez, but that seems to have been squashed as her story doesn’t add up and it doesn’t appear that she is certain who or what she actually saw. Her claim was that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while he was intoxicated at a college party back in the 1980’s, an allegation that Kavanaugh has also denied.
Fox News has learned that Judiciary Committee staffers interviewed Kavanaugh by phone about the Ramirez allegations on Tuesday. A source familiar with the call told Fox News that Republican staffers led the interview, while Democratic aides listened without asking any questions.
Fox News stated that a successful vote this Friday isn’t required to push him to the Senate. “Current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas received no recommendation from the Judiciary Committee in 1991, but was still confirmed by the Senate. Conversely, Robert Bork received an unfavorable recognition from the committee in 1987, though his nomination was rejected by the full Senate.”
Politico also reported “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can bring Kavanaugh to the floor whether the nominee gets a favorable or unfavorable recommendation. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is undecided on Kavanaugh’s nomination and is the key swing vote on the panel; Flake has not voted in the Senate this week and has not commented on his current thinking about Kavanaugh.
“For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story, is outrageous,” said Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s ranking member. “First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don’t even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote.”
If you think about the timeline of events, Brett Kavanaugh could be confirmed by now if there was no sideshow brought to town by Democrat resisters.
Even if Christine Blasey Ford testified yesterday, as she was originally invited to, that means Kavanaugh could have been voted on today.
The Democrats seem to have a stalling tactic underway as they keep trying to dig up old accusations, or possibly make them up as they go along.
Kavanaugh should be presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
This could turn out to be a massive smear campaign by anti-Trumpers.
It was previously reported that Diane Feinstein wasn’t certain if Christine Blasey Ford will show up. Ford has had some demands, but it’s unsure if they’ll be met. She has to remember that she doesn’t run the show and when she’s given the opportunity to have her voice heard, then she should take it and stop making so many demands.
NEW: Sen. Feinstein, D-Ca, just told me "I have no way of knowing" if Dr. Ford is actually going to show up to Kavanaugh hearing Thursday – if outside counsel is asking the questions
— Peter Doocy (@pdoocy) September 25, 2018
If you’d like to reach out and support Kavanaugh, then please call the following:
Susan Collins: 202-224-2523
Bob Corker: 202-224-3344
Jeff Flake: 202-224-4521
Michael Enzi: 202-224-3424
James Lankford: 202-224-5754
Jerry Moran: 202-224-6521
Lisa Murkowski: 202-224-6665
Ben Sasse: 202-224-4224