Trump calls Ford's testimony 'compelling,' orders Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen Kavanaugh probe

In a crowded lounge at Yale Law School, cheers erupted when the middle-aged woman on the TV screen told a Senate panel that she had no doubt that Brett Kavanaugh, the Yale graduate nominated to the Supreme Court, had sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

"I was just watching her body language".

Asked whether he believed McConnell should agree to delay the vote, Graham made it clear what's on the line for the Republicans, who now have a razor-thin 51-49 majority in the Senate: "The last time I looked, you need 50 votes".

Mr Flake voted to advance Mr Kavanaugh's nomination from the committee to the full Senate, but announced he wanted to delay a confirmation vote by a week in order to let the FBI investigate.

In the past two weeks, three women have brought allegations of sexual impropriety against Kavanaugh, including Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick. "I just want it to work out well for the country".

A wild turn of events on Friday flipped a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from a long shot into a sure thing.

Then he headed from his office to a Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill, where a vote was planned on the nominee. However, when interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo last week, Lynne Brookes described the two as blackout drunks, who liked humiliating women.

Fifty Yale faculty members have signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the Senate to conduct "a fair and deliberate confirmation process".

The New York State Bar Association says the FBI should investigate allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh. I can't begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is disgusting, hurtful and simply untrue. "It has been remarkable over the past week".

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Wikipedia, the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia, was edited after his testimony to make his explanation of one of the mysteries make sense.

"I'm known to have a weak stomach and always have", he said, adding that it could be caused by "beer" or "spicy food". Grassley can ask him. They might discover there are more people, including witnesses or others, than have been a part of the public accounting so far.

Some time later, Flake came back in and dropped a bombshell.

Brett Kavanaugh's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday took a detour through drinking-game history-and Wikipedia was on it.

"This country is being ripped apart here". That said, we don't need to be absolutely positive about that particular allegation to not trust his character and dismiss his credibility.

One senior Senate aide familiar with the negotiations attributed Flake's shift to pressure from Coons.

Democrats have been clamouring for days for the hearings to be suspended to allow for an FBI investigation into the allegations, a request Republicans have largely dismissed as a delay tactic that would ultimately uncover nothing, given the extensive vetting already done on Kavanaugh.

Students said a minority on the Yale campus supported Kavanaugh's nomination but were reluctant to be open about it. Laura Pietrantoni, a first-year law student who opposes Kavanaugh, said some of the judge's supporters were "very scared to come forward and voice how they feel".

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