A Republican U.S. senator who could be pivotal in determining whether President Donald Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh gets to sit on the Supreme Court raised concerns on Tuesday about the judge's "partisan" tone at last week's hearing into sexual misconduct allegations.
Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst says that barring any new information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation she intends to vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top USA court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. Judge is one of multiple people the FBI has already interviewed as part of its reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh. "You are truly guilty until proven innocent".
"I'll tell you this, the people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening are women".
Key Republican senators have called the White House in the last two days to make clear that they expect a fulsome investigation as the FBI reviews allegations against Kavanaugh.
"It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of", Trump said.
The nomination has become a politically explosive issue ahead of November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake. Some of Trump's fellow Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.
Media captionTrump: "Somebody could accuse you of something and you're automatically guilty". "It doesn't necessarily have to be a woman".
Archila chastises Flake that his swing vote could place a man accused of assaulting a young woman as a similarly deciding vote on the highest court in the land, likely to rule on cases involving body autonomy and reproductive rights. Mr Kavanaugh denies that as well. "If they can corroborate and there's lying I think everyone's said that".
"I just hope that we find fact", Flake said.
During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. "I can tell you that". "We simply can't", Flake told an event in Washington hosted by The Atlantic magazine.
Kavanaugh first testified for his confirmation hearing before lawmakers on the committee almost a month ago - September 4. He painted himself as the victim of "a calculated and orchestrated political hit" by Democrats, lashing out at Democratic senators and frequently interrupting them.
A vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh has been delayed as the FBI investigates the claims, which he denies. Trump subsequently ordered the investigation.
Later, Flake surprised everyone watching when he voted "yea" on sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the floor for confirmation, but only pending an investigation by the FBI, effectively delaying the vote by a week. "There have been a lot of people over the a year ago that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable". Republicans hold a 51-49 seat advantage in the chamber.
He said it's important that senators had a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed.
A number of Kavanaugh's classmates have publicly said he misrepresented or lied about his drinking habits when he was in school, while he testified under oath in front of the Senate.
"I want to see what happens with the FBI", Trump told reporters at the White House before he left on a visit to Philadelphia.
Trump's comments echoed remarks his son Donald Trump Jr. made in an interview with the Daily Mail on Monday, when he was asked if he is more afraid for his sons or his daughters in the wake of the reaction to the allegations against Kavanaugh. Ford identified Judge as a witness to the alleged assault. Judge has previously denied any memory of any such incident.
Senate Republicans compiled the list of four witnesses.
But forget the 22 women who alleged that Trump groped, grabbed and kissed them.