President Donald Trump says he has "a very open mind" as the FBI probes allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, adding "I'm waiting just like you" for the results of the investigation.
With wide gender, racial and partisan gaps, and a shift in support among independent voters, 48 percent of American voters say the U.S. Senate should not confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, as 42 percent say Kavanaugh should be confirmed, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Trump selected Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy, but the Senate confirmation process has been detoured as the FBI investigates sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee.
Mr Kavanaugh appeared before the committee on the same day as Christine Blasey Ford, who said she feared she was going to be raped by him at a high school party.
Mr Kavanaugh denied her allegation, as well as accusations made by two other women, and accused Democrats of making him the victim of a political "hit".
In an interview to CBS's "60 minutes" the outgoing senator admitted that he would not have risked his victory chances by siding with Senate Judicial Committee Democrats in calling for the FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, if he still wanted to keep his congressional job.
The judiciary committee voted 11-10 along party lines on Friday to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor, but only after Sen.
The question is whether the court will take up those issues with the full bench and robust conservative majority Republicans envisioned when Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July. "We may well be in a different place a week from now because Judge Kavanaugh and his family may well have had exculpatory evidence brought forward". "It's so unfair to his kids and his wife". But he said he doesn't want the review to become a "witch hunt", using the phrase he often uses for the Russian Federation investigation.
He also said he believes Mr Kavanaugh did not lie during his testimony to the Judiciary Committee about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.
"It has to be well beyond the initial very narrow scope of four witnesses, four individuals being interviewed", Coons said.
She also pressed Ford on the events leading up to the hearing, including who knew about the allegations and when they knew.
She outlined several points as to why Ford's allegation is weaker than a typical "he said, she said" case. Without those Republican votes, Kavanaugh's nomination was probably dead. I have no desire to speak further publicly, and nothing more to say to the press at this time.
The decision drew criticism from Democrats, accusing the White House of an attempt to micromanage the investigation by limiting its scope.
Mitchell argued there were inconsistencies in Christine Blasey Ford's narrative and said no one has corroborated Ford's account of what she says happened between her and Kavanaugh. Because Republicans hold a slim 51-49 margin in the Senate, they had little choice now but to slow the confirmation process. "Instead, it seems that the Republican goal is to be able to say there was an investigation and it didn't change their view, while the Democrats hope for incriminating evidence to derail the nominee".
They are expected to compile their findings in a new report for the White House that it would then share with the Senate Judiciary Committee. That investigation is supposed to be completed by Friday.
The stunning reversal capped two weeks of allegations, followed by furious denials, that roiled prospects for Trump's nominee, a conservative federal appeals court judge once expected to easily become the second Trump nominee to win a lifetime appointment to the top United States court. She said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on them, sending them tumbling and giving her an opportunity to get out of the room.