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"This country is being ripped apart here," Flake told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- With just minutes to go until the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Kavanaugh's confirmation, Flake entered closed-door talks with other senators to discuss terms of a possible FBI investigation.
- Flake said he will vote against Kavanaugh unless a one-week FBI investigation takes place.
- Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who's remained undecided on Kavanaugh, says she will support Flake.
Protestors confront Flake<p> Earlier this morning, just minutes after announcing that he'd support Kavanaugh at today's committee vote, Flake stepped into an elevator. But before the doors could close, two women confronted Flake and made an impassioned plea for him to vote against Kavanaugh. </p><p> "On Monday, I stood in front of your office," one of the women, Ana Maria Archila, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/us/politics/jeff-flake-protesters-kavanaugh.html" target="_blank">told</a> Flake. "I told the story of my sexual assault." </p><p> "I told it because I recognized in Dr. Ford's story that she is telling the truth," she said, her voice breaking. "What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them!" </p><p> Watch the full video of the confrontation below: <iframe width="1245" height="529" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y195wZ-zr5s" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </p>
Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, one day before the Senate is set to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
- Ford maintained she's sure it was Kavanaugh who sexually assaulted her, while Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.
- Democrats want an FBI investigation, and even asked Kavanaugh to request one from the president, though Kavanaugh refused to do so.
- As of Thursday afternoon, the Senate is still set to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday morning.
'I like beer'<p>Kavanaugh said that he likes beer, still likes beer, and perhaps had too many beers at times when he was younger. However, he was sure to paint his past drinking habits in a light of moderation, saying he'd never blacked out, passed out from drinking alcohol or woke up in a strange location after drinking.</p><p>"There is a bright line between drinking beer, which I gladly do, and which I fully embrace, and sexually assaulting someone, which is a violent crime," he said. "If every American who drinks beer, or every American who drank beer in high school, is suddenly presumed guilty of sexual assault, we'll be in an ugly new place in this country."</p>
Kavanaugh: This is Revenge on behalf of the Clintons<p>Kavanaugh suggested that the efforts by Democrats to ruin his reputation and block his nomination were part of a cynical political plot–one he suggested is being executed on behalf of the Clintons.</p><p>"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about <a href="https://thehill.com/people/donald-trump" target="_blank">President Trump</a> and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups," Kavanaugh said. "This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination; the consequences will be with us for decades."</p>
Kavanaugh: The Swetnick allegation is a farce<p>After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) mentioned allegations against him by three women–Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick–Kavanaugh became visibly angry, dismissing the Swetnick allegations as a farce.</p><p>"The Swetnick thing is a joke, it's a farce."</p><p>"Would you like to say more about it?" Feinstein asked.</p><p>"No," Kavanaugh said, eliciting a laugh from the audience.</p>
Why not conduct an FBI investigation?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MDEzOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNDcyNjQ4Nn0.A4Bg3f8v_yMONMYPJXihak-CMwEUsX7J9V5JDgVl5bE/img.jpg?width=980" id="527d3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="be3ffa4c27fc2c87c9a843490e831611" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
(Photo By Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)<p>In his five minutes of questioning, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) referenced a quote from Kavanaugh's opening statement in which he said he'd "welcome any kind of investigation. Durbin, after noting that Kavanaugh himself had relied on FBI work during his work on the Starr report in the Clinton era, repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh to request an FBI investigation, and asked him whether he thought an FBI investigation would be the best way to proceed.</p><p>"What do you think is best, personally?" Durbin asked.</p><p>Kavanaugh was silent, seeming to stumble for the first time of the afternoon, finally suggesting after a few beats that these allegations were sprung on him and are harmful to his family.</p>
“This is hell”<p>Following Durbin's questioning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) roughly criticized the tact taken by his Democratic colleagues, saying it was the most "unethical sham" he's seen in his political career.</p><p>"You're looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend," Graham said.</p><p>Graham asked Kavanaugh if he's been through hell in the wake of the allegations.</p><p>"I've been through hell and then some."</p><p>"This is not a job interview, this is hell."</p>
Ford: 100% sure<p>"With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?" Durbin asked Ford.</p><p>"One hundred percent," she responded.</p>
A fear of flying<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MDE2Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNDk3Mjg5MX0.Ct1-QJC7F4ytisvj3OmK2rY3suAG8hLtHmijnLdJRio/img.jpg?width=980" id="fd844" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1669fbab4ca01f2a9c05d885bd8bfbc1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
(Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)<p>Ford said that she has claustrophobia and a fear of flying. She said that, because of these conditions, she had hoped the committee would come to her in California so she could avoid flying, but during her testimony said she later realized that would have been an "unrealistic" request.</p> <p>In an apparent attempt to discredit Ford, or to suggest that Democrats had wanted to necessitate a public spectacle in Washington, D.C., Mitchell kept pressing Ford on her phobia of flying. Mitchell asked Ford, who lists "surf travel" as an interest on her C.V., whether she'd ever flown to the French Polynesian islands for leisure. </p> <p>"I also saw on your CV that you list the following interests of travel, and you, in parentheses put 'Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Pacific islands, and French Polynesia,'" Mitchell said. "Have you been to all this places?"</p><p>"Yes," Ford said.</p>