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Misogynist Republican Leadership Mansplains the Absence of Women on the GOP's Judiciary Committee

"It's a lot of work — maybe they don't want to do it," said 85-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley in the aftermath of Kavanaugh and Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

The Senate Judiciary Committee has 11 Republican members, all male, and 10 Democratic members, four of whom are women. Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) thinks the lack of women representation is no big deal. As a matter of fact, Grassley said it might be too much work for women to handle.

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Senator Warren: 'Available Documents Contradict Statements Mr. Kavanaugh Made Under Oath'

"I would like to back up these points with explicit statements from the FBI documents — explicit statements that should be available for the American people to see. But the Republicans have locked the documents behind closed doors."

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had a chance to review a new FBI report into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Warren said Thursday on the Senate floor that the investigation is incomplete, constrained by the White House and that Kavanaugh lied.

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Kavanaugh Nomination Vote Set for Friday Afternoon, Democrats Walk Out

Republicans place Kavanaugh on the road to confirmation.

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UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. ET

Sen. Flake Calls for Delay of Kavanaugh Senate Floor Vote

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has a deciding vote, said he would not support final confirmation until the F.B.I. investigates accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh.

"I have been speaking with a number of people on the other side," Flake said to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "We've had conversations ongoing for a while with regard to making sure that we do due diligence here. I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to, but not more than, one week, in order for the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there. And limited in time to no more than one week.

"I will vote to advance the bill to the floor with that understanding."

The committee voted to send the Kavanaugh nomination to the floor, 11-10.

But, it's unclear if Republican leaders — or President Trump — will support Flake's call for the investigation.

UPDATE: 1:47 p.m. ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET has not yet occurred.

According to CNN, discussions are taking place outside of the hearing room about a potential FBI investigation into Ford's claims, and no more than a week delay for the nomination vote.

ORIGINAL STORY

Despite the explosive testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, and the fact there hasn't been an FBI investigation into her claims of sexual assault, Republicans are steps closer to getting him confirmed.

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UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee has ended their questions for Ford. The committee is now on a 45-minute recess.

UPDATE: 2:06 p.m. ET

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to Ford: "I believe you. You are a true patriot."

UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. ET

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) speaks to Ford:

"This is not a legal proceeding. You're here out of a civic duty. It's more than that. You have received vicious, hateful threats, death threats.

"By your courage, you are affecting the culture of our country. There are dark elements that allow sexual assault that are affecting girls and boys and men and women from corporations, to service in restaurants, etc.

"There are hundreds of thousands of people watching. You are speaking truth that this country needs to understand. And how we deal with survivors that come forward is unacceptable. It allows for the continued [abuse] … This is a lifetime appointment."

Ford: "I wish I could be more helpful, and others could be more helpful, and that we can collaborate to get more information."

UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. ET

Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor, questions Ford on behalf of Republicans. Mitchell asks questions as if it were a criminal trial. But this is not a criminal trial. This a confirmation hearing.

"Is there a political motivation in your coming forward?" she asked Ford.

"I was trying to get the information to you when there were other qualified candidates," Ford responded.

UPDATE: 1:36 p.m. ET

The hearing has resumed after a lunch break.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. ET

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. ET

Christine Blasey Ford provided her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford testified that it's "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity that it was Brett Kavanaugh who tried to cover her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked her how she could be so sure.

Ford answered: "The same way that I'm sure I'm talking to you right now. Basic memory functions."

Reaction on Twitter regarding Ford's testimony:


ORIGINAL STORY

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers released the prepared testimony for Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about her sexual assault allegations against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"I am here today not because I want to be," Ford will say in her statement. "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school."

She describes her accusations in full detail:

"I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes.

"He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming."

The hearing will start at 10 a.m. E.T. and Ford will testify first, after opening remarks. After the 21-member committee finishes asking their questions of Ford, theKavanaugh will go next. The proceedings are expected to last into the afternoon.

Read the text of Ford's opening statement below:

Written Testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

United States Senate Judiciary Committee

September 26, 2018

Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, Members of the Committee. My name is Christine Blasey Ford. I am a Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University and a Research Psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

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MeToo: Second Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

Democratic Senators call for investigations and increased concern over Kavanaugh being fit to serve; Republicans sat on the story for days and pressured Ford.

Brett Kavanaugh / REUTERS

Deborah Ramirez has come forward detailing an instance of alleged sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, which dates to the 1983-84 academic year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University.

Ramirez is now the second woman to publicly accuse President Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee of sexual misconduct. The first public allegation was made by Christine Blasey Ford.

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Woman Accusing Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Assault Willing to Testify Before Senate Panel

Lawyer said of her client: "She believes, that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her."

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Christine Blasey Ford will relive trauma from more than 30 years ago as her alleged attacker, Brett Kavanaugh, sits through confirmation hearings, which could place him in a seat of power over law for a generation.

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