Key Republican senators go cold on Kavanaugh

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Kavanaugh faces two accusers.

"We're looking for the truth here", he said.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process". I don't believe that. "I think his conduct on the courts since verifies that.". A little more than a quarter (27 percent) say his nomination does not make any difference to their vote.

The tension began as soon as the allegations emerged. "Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial". The panel's Democratic senators, four women and six men, were expected to question Ford and Kavanaugh but those details were still not final, Senator Dick Durbin said. They hurled insults at Democrats and implied that opponents had crafted a grand scheme to torpedo the nominee.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. and another member on the Judiciary Committee, shamed Republicans and said the move "demonstrated the disrespect & disregard that all too frequently shames & silences survivors from ever coming forward".

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a party when they were in high school. It is not clear whether Ford will show up to testify, however.

On Monday, Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who represents a porn star claiming to have had an affair with Trump, has said he is also representing a third Kavanaugh accuser, whose identity and story he said would be revealed on Wednesday.

Kavanaugh is supposed to testify after Ford.

But Republicans vowed to push ahead.

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Kavanaugh denies the allegations. GOP lawmakers have not accused her of lying or questioned her motives.

"It was drunk teenagers playing seven minutes of heaven", tweeted Fox News columnist Stephen Miller. And there remained concern among aides and Trump himself about how Kavanaugh would hold up facing far fiercer questioning from Senate Democrats, according to a White House official not authorized to speak publicly. Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was confident Kavanugh would be confirmed.

But one frequent Trump critic, Sen.

There were also lingering questions about whether Deborah Ramirez, Kavanaugh's second accuser, would testify.

Those hearings are now widely considered a case study in how not to treat a victim. "They're really con artists".

"The American people know that sexual misconduct is gravely serious", McConnell said on Tuesday. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says Mitchell, who oversees a division of around 45 people, has a lot of experience dealing with years-old sex crimes and allegations, the Washington Post reports.

"Ultimately, it came down to the fact that Clarence Thomas' entire life exhibited a pattern of behavior that was at great odds with what had been alleged", Brown said. "She said that she had been nearly raped by someone who was now a federal judge".

Complicating matters is that this discussion is taking place in a highly partisan bubble, magnified by the nation's political divide.

Another friend, Keith Koegler, says Ford told her in early summer 2016 of having experienced a sexual assault when she was much younger.

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