As the events of the day unraveled on Friday, it became clear that there were a minority of Republicans with an ounce of integrity who still had questions and concerns regarding the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Most Republicans are eager to confirm Kavanaugh on the Senate floor, but it looks as though the vote will have to wait as a FBI investigation has been ordered into Kavanaugh’s background.
Now, it has also been reported that former President George W. Bush actually contacted four undecided Senators – Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Joe Manchin (D-WV). What isn’t known is whether Bush reached out to the senators before or after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Ford calmly delivered several hours of gripping testimony, declaring at one point that she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh was the prep school boy who had sexually assaulted her so many years ago.
‘And as she spoke, a grim sense of fatalism descended over Trump and his orbit. The president and his team initially monitored the proceedings on cable news as they flew back to Washington from New York on Air Force One. Save for a few muted grumbles that Ford was lying, the flight was largely silent as aides — both in the air and already on the ground at the White House — watched her testimony with a sinking feeling, said several people familiar with the somber mood, speaking anonymously to share a candid assessment.’
Ford described in detail how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her, saying that she thought he might “accidentally kill me” by putting his hand over her mouth to cover her screams.
Kavanaugh took the stand and continued to vehemently deny Ford’s claims on Friday. The Post reported:
‘Kavanaugh came roaring in, delivering the majority of his 45-minute opening statement at a volume level just shy of full shout. By turns red-faced and teary-eyed, he jettisoned his wooden performance Monday evening on Fox News for one full of passion as he fought for a seat on the Supreme Court.’
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said that he would vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh but only under the condition that an FBI investigation be conducted. Flake made a deal to delay a floor vote on the nomination for a week. Flake said:
‘I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week in order to let the FBI to do an investigation limited in time and scope.’
At this point, it is unclear whether Kavanaugh could obtain at least 50 votes on the Senate floor, which would allow Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie and confirm him to the Supreme Court. Republican Senators Murkowsi and Collins currently remain undecided. Some Democrats also face tough reelection bids in traditionally red states.
Only time will tell the end result, but if Brett Kavanaugh is actually confirmed to the United States Supreme Court, it will be one of the most deplorable things to happen in the history of U.S government.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about Bush:
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