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Kavanaugh Nomination Advances to Senate Floor, but the FBI Gets Another Week to Probe

September 28, 2018 - 8:45pm

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court to the full Senate for a vote. 

But there's a hitch. GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, the key swing vote on the panel, threw the proceedings into confusion when he voted yes, calling for a one-week delay on the full Senate vote to allow the FBI to conduct an investigation into the sexual assault allegations brought against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford.

Those close to Flake have said he believes he’s doing the right thing, that he’s helping restore a bipartisan consensus and faith in the confirmation process, and that he’s helping Kavanaugh resolve the accusations that have been thrown at him.

President Donald Trump didn't object. He quickly ordered the FBI investigation of his nominee to the high court. "I've ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh's file," the president said. "As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week."

On Thursday, the committee heard testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology in California, who says Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s.

Judge Kavanaugh also testified, angrily rejecting the allegation he had ever assaulted Ford or anyone else. He accused Democrats of politicizing the process and harming his family and good name.

In the week to come, the FBI likely will reopen its previously completed background check on Kavanaugh. This might mean going back to old witnesses -- or speaking to new ones.

Friday saw Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee throw out Democrats' attempts to subpoena Mark Judge, a friend of Judge Kavanaugh who Ford said had witnessed the assault on her 36 years ago.

Judge had told the committee in a written statement that he did not recall any such incident.

Judge's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, said: "If the FBI or any law enforcement agency requests Mr Judge's co-operation, he will answer any and all questions posed to him."

Responding to President Trump's statement, Judge Kavanaugh said, "I've done everything they have requested and will continue to co-operate".

Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, said her client welcomed the step, but questioned the time limit of a week: "A thorough FBI investigation is critical to developing all the relevant facts... No artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed on this investigation."

Republicans have a 51-49 majority, yet it is unclear if they can muster the 50 votes needed to approve the conservative judge.


Reach Nancy Smith at or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith. Information in this report was culled almost excusively from network news coverage.


Forget the whole sexual assault and boozing things, Kavanaugh has shown himself to be an arrogant, ill-dispositioned, uber-partisan, ideologue who has no business being a judge of any kind ... even at the County Fair Baking Contest. Nearly every case that comes before the Supreme Court includes a political element and his anti-Democrat harangue at last week's hearing clearly shows that he's obviously incapable of making objective and impartial decisions in those kinds of cases. He's as unsuited to be a federal judge as Trump is unsuited to be president!

How did all of this come about? I suggest the presidency of B. Hussein Obama was a long thought-out evil plan by those Soros-like Communists "bought" all that they needed from rather 'sleepy' conservatives. The 'crates, being the "out of power party" had the time of Trump to plan and buy whatever they needed to foil America's "Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness" goals.

C Breeze - your comments this morning are right on point!! Thank you!!

So: NJ's Senator "Spottycus" pontificates, gets up off his "Senate rump" and prematurely ( in a "show of obstinacy") vacates the "Senate Chamber": THEN, CONN's "War Hero" Senator Blumenthal eminently defends the "Kabuki victimization theater Play" produced by Senate Democrats, for all to see, for "pre-midterm election points" sorely needed by incompetent 'leftist' pettifoggers. Complainant "little "d" dr Ford proved to the world that Psychology Majors with TWO Masters and one Doctorate, degrees, can STILL be in serious lifelong need of ongoing psychological counselling to deal with her female self-victimization fantasies.......ALL of this manufactured drama to "bring down" an exemplary example of "The Perfect Man" (Though he be White); What further hope can there be for the society and culture America currently occupies???... THIS, is the "French Revolution Redux", ( Robespierre, Madame DeFarge, angry destructive crowds, and knitting needles included....) WHAT NEXT ?...The "Guillotine"?

DEMOCRAT Senators up for RE-ELECTION in November of THIS year: Feinstein (CA); Gillibrand (NY); Hirono (HI); Klobuchar (MN); Manchin (WV); Menendez (NJ); Murphy (CT); Whitehouse (RI); [and ALL of the afore listedwere "principle players in the Kabuki Theatre Drama" that played out this past week]--- SO, get on the phone and call your relatives and friends in these STATES !..... The remaining DEMOCRAT Senators up for re-electionbin November are: Nelson (FL); Baldwin (WI0; Brown (OH; Cantwell (WA); Cardin (MD); Carper (DE); Casey (PA); Donnelly (IN); Heinrich (NM); Heitcamp (ND); Kaine (VA); McCashill (MO); Stabenow (MI); Tester (MT); Warren (MA); IT'S TIME TO DRAIN THAT SWAMP Folks ! ! ! 23 Dem Senators are "on the block" THIS year... as opposed to only 11 in 2019...and...12 in 2022.... (NOW you UNDERSTAND why THIS YEAR'S "batch" made such spectacles of themselves in order to garner "TV TIME" and "media ink" the cost (and loss) to Kavenaugh, Ford, and the "American People" ! ) CALL, EMAIL and CONTACT YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES in those various listed STATES (above), and begin the "cleanup" ! ! ! GOD BLESS AMERICA ! (Let's "take back" our U.S. Constitution !


So he lies multiple times to cover up his past saying he doesn't drink much and only did school work and sports when obviously has was a lush, entitled creep, lied about the meaning of bof saying it was a fart and devils triangle as a drinking game to hide the fact it was about having sex and apparent had to get younger girls drunk, drugged to get laid...………...He lied he was a virgin trying to show he was a choir boy. ...………...And many other lies others have collected...…………….His temperament attacking the Senators who are asking for the truth, at least some of them as repubs did everything they could to hide the truth, keep investigations from happening will only cause many more people, especially women to vote repubs out...……………. And when the house and maybe even the Senate comes under dem control there will be investigations and the truth will come out .

Years of experience with "the type" definitely says to me, as you've said, "lush" and "entitled creep", and he definitely lied and misrepresented in both of his Senate hearing appearances. And, given his temperment and disposition even sober (presuming he was during his two hearings), one could easily suspect him of being abusive to females in general and to his wife and kids. Not the type of person who should be a judge, period.

Jerry, you should (Actually, you already have...) write HORROR stories. You could become "popular" with your ability to ignore the entire picture, and weave evil and destructive points ONLY! You and Satan must be good friends.

So, always "flaky" Senator Flake (Arizona's lost & confused"mini-me" to "Songbird McCain") finds his "fifteen minutes of Democrat "staged" fame" by causing the extension of the tiring "Leftist produced 'Kabuki Stage Play Drama" entitled "Madam dr. Ford", wielding her needles, "knits a tale" of woe, exclaiming "Let Them All Eat Cake !" {America IS IN DANGER Folks..! Democrats WILL BRING HER DOWN, if left to their "cannibalism" of our American culture of "Freedom & Liberty"...DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN !

True nutcase! (But, really, just a garden-variety troll!)

As to SSN's poll, there should have been a third choice: YES! Not after the FBI investigates a nothing just. Just confirm him NOW.

The senate should confirm Judge Kavanaugh immediately. Republicans are in charge. Act like it. This orchestrated sham by the Democrats is revolting and disgraceful.

Well, Franklin Roosevelt and the Democrats put Hugo Black on the Supreme Court (1937 - 1971) and he was a one-time member of the Alabama KKK ... so, maybe the Republicans putting a wingnut ideologue, lush, and female abuser on the court is just 'getting even'. (???) I will agree, however, that the Republicans (especially Graham, Grassley, Hatch, and Kennedy) have been especially "revolting and disgraceful"!

Rhode Island's Senator Whitehouse should change his name to "Sheldon (Sheldon?!? tee hee !) Outhouse" [where bullcrap accumulates]...

Thankyou Senator Flake for putting conscience over party. Donald, it's checkmate.

The "Flake" is a puppet "circling the drain" in search of a "closing line", before he "leaves the stage"...and Democrats "set him up" with one, that will historically follow Flake to his grave...

C Breeze, Flake wrote a book about conservatism and the condition of today's politics. If you haven't read it, you'll like it, and you can get some good "quotes" from it. I enjoyed your comment, but Flake is really a good, honorable man.

Fugeddaboudit! The blowhard troll is just in the process of using up the lifetime supply of quotation marks that he was originally allotted!

Flake is a "lost soul" in the process of "giving up"...(Today,.. EVERYONE writes a book, but almost NONE are worth reading.. Luckily "plagiarism" is not a prosecutible crime...)

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