The Senate Judiciary Committee is proceeding with a vote on Friday to move the confirmation for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a full Senate floor vote.
[UPDATE] The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to send the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the floor, 11-10.
After an all-day hearing on Thursday, where Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct back in the Summer of 1982, testified before the committee, before Judge Kavanaugh took his seat and rejected her claims against him, the Committee is continuing on with their planned vote, despite Democrat opposition.
ANP readers joined us watching all day on Thursday with their opinions and perspectives throughout the day, with over 550 comments where we all watched the spectacle of a man having to defend his name, his honor and his integrity over allegations that had no evidence, no corroboration, where even the witnesses named by the accuser have denied the "gathering" described by Ford, even occurred.
The videos of both their testimonies, the questioning of the two individuals by Senators and a prosecutor brought in to question Ford in a respectful manner, can be found in ANP's article from Thursday.
I did note a number of inconsistencies in Ford's testimony in Thursday thread, which I will present below, which goes to the core of her "memory," of events, not just from over 30 years ago, but some specific memory lapses from events that have occurred over the past two months.
1) The #KavanaughHearings, too many holes in testimony by Christine Blasey Ford (Dr. Ford). Doesn't remember how she got to, or got home from gathering. Now claims more than 4 boys, 2 girls "could" have been there. Estimating that she was swimming before hand to explain gathering.
2) Stating that she believed she was swimming beforehand because that would explain how gathering came to be, didn't look good after asserting it as fact in prior stories.
3) Can't say whether she gave Wapo reporter therapist notes or not? WTF? Thought the "memory" issue was because it was 30+ years ago, but she cannot even remember what she gave reporter in this year? Not a credible witness so far.
4) First saying she heard them all talking downstairs afterwards, then saying couldn't hear from upstairs, just assumed they were talking because it was a gathering, then when questioned saying she heard them while leaving instead.
5) Claims she would have preferred the investigative committee come to her so she could avoid flying, yet they offered that publicly, multiple times. Also the fear of flying, yet she consistently flies, but couldn't to meet with committee beforehand?
6) She denied speaking with anyone other than lawyer interviews about the incident, between July 30 and August 7, then admitted she hired lawyers because people she spoke to about it recommended it. So she DID speak to others, and she just lied under oath.
7) She didn't pay for polygraph and says she doesn't know who paid for it.
8) The Kavanaugh "look alike" was the only "link" between her and Kavanaugh..... now that is interesting.
Note: The reference to the Kavanaugh look alike is a person that was named by writer Ed Whelan, who posed the theory that a person that resembles Kavanaugh, who Whelan named but we will not, could have been the perpetrator. Whelan subsequently apologized for irresponsibly naming the individual.
As per Ms. Ford's testimony, that same person was the only link or connection she had with Kavanaugh himself.
Judge Kavanaugh again categorically denied all allegations, at times angered at what the media circus had irresponsibly done to him and his family by reporting allegations, without any proof, as if they were automatically to be believed without any due process. He lamented the unfairness of his reputation being destroyed without one iota of proof against him. He also highlighted the political nature of what Democrats had turned the proceedings into, noting the process had gone from "advise and consent" to "search and destroy."
One of the most extraordinary moments on Thursday came from Senator Lindsey Graham, which has been noted by many, where he absolutely shredded the process, the delay tactics, the campaign of smears against Judge Kavanaugh and is well worth the few minutes it takes to watch it.
THE JUDICIARY VOTE
On Friday, once again, Democrat Senators on the Judiciary Committee attempted to delay the vote to move Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the full senate for a final vote, which is expected to occur next week.
[Update]ABC News is reporting "GOP Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced minutes before the meeting is set to begin that he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh." Flake was a critical member of committee, and said in a statement "After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge," he said in a statement. "In fact, I commented at the time that had he been nominated in another era, he would have likely received 90+ votes."
[Update] The vote is scheduled for 1:30 pm ET on Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously stated he would be willing to keep the Senate in session throughout the weekend if need be to finally get a floor vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
According to Politico, McConnell is planning a Saturday procedural vote to formally move to the nomination, which is expected to occur early next week.
This will be updated with the final vote tally by the Judiciary Committee after they take the vote.
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