Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona calls Kavanaugh decision 'a tough call'

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The American Bar Association published a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court until the FBI conducts an investigation into the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him, according to a CNN report published Thursday. "We gave Dr. Ford a chance to have her say, and I think it's time to vote".

The three women who have accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault had their alleged incidents happen in the early 80's when he was in high school and college. "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley defended Kavanaugh and blamed Democrats for not disclosing the accusations earlier. Kavanaugh denies all the allegations against him.

The process will then be repeated with Kavanaugh, but after he makes his opening statements he's fair game to the full panel of senators - both Dems and Republicans.

Asked by if he is confident that Kavanaugh can advance out of the committee, he said, "I am optimistic, yes".

The decision to schedule the afternoon vote passed 11-8 with all Republican members of the committee in favor and Democratic Sen. Some White House officials were not pleased with the questioning from Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, saying she did not effectively target the weak spots in Ford's narrative and worrying that the Democrats had seized the moment.

After recounting what she remembered of the alleged assault, Sen. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

But by the time she finished detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Ford was being widely praised as credible and fearless. Lisa Murkowski are seen as the crucial swing votes as Republicans only have room for one dissenter if Democrats are united against Kavanaugh.

"There are many good reasons to support the nomination of a qualified judge who is committed to a textualist interpretation of the Constitution to the Supreme Court", the editors write.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a point during a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her. She took turns with the Democratic senators to ask questions in five-minute segments, disrupting her flow.

Through a spokeswoman, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Kavanaugh's nomination should not proceed without a full investigation of the allegations.