Kavanaugh's fellow Yalies transfixed by Senate hearing

Yale Law School's Dean Heather Gerken joined on Friday the growing calls for an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh before the Senate votes on his nomination to the Supreme Court.

"There's like an emotional part of me that really hopes that someone out there on the Republican side can see this and see the humanity behind all of this, but cynically, I just don't know if there's really a precedent for it", another student said. "His claims about the drinking age at the time also appear to be false". And not a moment before that. "I can't begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is terrible, hurtful, and simply untrue", she tells the Times. "I can't imagine being Dr. Ford and seeing someone who sexually assaulted you screaming before the entire country".

Hagan said Dolphin "should be offended", and told the Times he was "completely astounded" when he saw she had signed the letter in support of Kavanaugh.

Flake, a 55-year-old senator from Arizona who is not running for re-election this year, sat through Thursday's nine-hour Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and testimony by Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of assault, Christine Blasey Ford. She said: "Don't look away from me".

Both Judge and Kavanaugh have vehemently denied any allegation of misconduct.

Kavanaugh himself testified to his "unanimous well-qualified rating from the American Bar Association, " while Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said, "If you lived a good life people will recognize it like the American Bar Association has - the gold standard". McConnell promised that there will be a vote "in the near future", and his lieutenants said they're going to try to vote Kavanaugh out of committee this Friday - on the morning after Ford's testimony. "But right now there are too many unanswered question [s] to bring the confirmation of Kavanaugh" to "a vote of the Judiciary Committee as scheduled on Friday, much less to a vote of the full Senate". "I just want it to work out well for the country". "If he's truthful about all that but he's not telling the truth about how he was with booze, that's enough for you?"

Bill Barbot, whose attendance at Georgetown Prep overlapped with Kavanaugh's, discussed those disputed yearbook phrases with the Times He said, "Our senior yearbook pages were a place to have a little bit of fun with commemorating inside jokes".

Democrats and outside groups - and now, Flake - argue that the information that has surfaced recently means the Federal Bureau of Investigation must look into Kavanaugh again.

Mr Flake, cornered in the lift, shifted between looking at them and looking down. Republicans say reopening the FBI investigation is unnecessary because committee members have had the opportunity to question both Kavanaugh and Ford and other potential witnesses have submitted sworn statements. After news of the yearbook broke, she said she didn't know what "Renate Alumnius" meant but would be sickened if its darker meaning was true. "I can't pinpoint anything to say this is what caused me to come today to say let's postpone". She said she didn't tell anyone before this week. Shortly after, he was confronted in an elevator by two women who, through tears, said they were sexual assault victims and implored him to change his mind.

  • Jon Douglas