WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans are forging ahead with plans for a Senate hearing they had hoped to avoid on a womans claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers, hoping to salvage the judges endangered Supreme Court nomination with a risky, nationally televised showdown between him and his accuser.
Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California. Their sworn testimony, certain to be conflicting and emotive, will offer a campaign season test of the political potency of a #MeToo movement that has already toppled prominent men from entertainment, government and journalism.
Now the whole nations trying to figure out something thats not really evident, said Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla. It is a political dialogue on a very, very painful subject for a lot of people.
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