Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Catholic Magazine Revokes Endorsement Of Brett Kavanaugh After Hearing

Catholic Magazine Revokes Endorsement Of Brett Kavanaugh After Hearing

A top Catholic magazine that had endorsed Brett Kavanaugh revoked its support following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee over sexual misconduct allegations. "The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning", he said, adding that Ford was credible and courageous. "So I believe once he gets to the Supreme Court, he will call the balls and strikes fairly", Conway said. When asked to say whether he believes Kavanaugh is telling the truth, Flake said nothing at all. Kavanaugh denied the accusations.

In this photo combination, Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.

Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor chosen by Republican members of the committee to question Ford on their behalf, asked her about timelines and peripheral issues and did not challenge her basic account of sexual assault.

The Arizona Republican, a key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was stopped in a Senate elevator on his way to the panel's vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh and excoriated by two woman who wanted to know why he was voting yes. Democrats are expected to oppose the nominee. Flake had previously voiced concern over Kavanaugh.

He then told reporters, "I need to go to the hearing".

Bush has spoken to Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME as well as Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia over the past several days - in an effort that the person familiar with the outreach says Bush initiated.

If all 10 Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, the spotlight would shine on Flake, who is retiring after this year and has shown a willingness to defy President Trump.

"We heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh", Flake said.

Trump also made clear that he was sticking by his nominee.

It was an emotional day of testimony in which the balance of power on America's highest court was at stake.

The Hawaii senator also sent a fundraising email while the hearing was in session, prompting criticism that she was trying to use Ford's testimony to help her re-election campaign. "There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly". Graham specifically cited the ABA, which he called the "gold standard", in making the case that Kavanaugh "lived a good life" and that "his integrity is absolutely unquestioned".

Late Thursday, the magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States withdrew its endorsement of Kavanaugh, saying the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and "should be withdrawn".

Kavanaugh's nomination will face a test in the Senate, which has a tight 51-49 Republican majority.

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