Harris to sexual assault survivors: 'Don't let this process bully you into silence'

Harris to sexual assault survivors: 'Don't let this process bully you into silence'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (D-Calif.) called on survivors of sexual assault to not be discouraged Friday as it appeared Republicans had the necessary votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE's Supreme Court nominee who has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women.

In a tweet Friday that was posted minutes ahead of a floor speech from Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission MORE (R-Maine) announcing support of the nominee, Harris told survivors to refuse to allow "this process bully you into silence."

 

Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination, spoke on the Senate floor just before Collins, speaking about her time as a prosecutor and urging her colleagues to oppose the high court pick.

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Kavanaugh forcefully denied the allegations during a hearing of the Judiciary panel last Thursday ahead of a party-line vote to advance his nomination to the Senate floor. The chamber will vote on his confirmation Saturday.

During her remarks Friday, Harris ripped Republicans for a one-week long FBI investigation that Democrats have criticized as too restrictive and unwilling to contact corroborating witnesses.

“We were given one week to investigate. The Republicans said you’ll get one week, they threw out one week,” Harris told the Senate. “And in less than one week, we are presented with paltry documents.”

“Every American is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, but nobody is entitled to a seat on the United States Supreme Court," she added.

Kavanaugh's nomination is expected to succeed following statements from Collins and another possible swing vote, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeDemocrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.), saying they will support him.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Klobuchar, Murkowski introduce legislation to protect consumer health data MORE (R-Alaska) is the only Republican senator opposed to the nomination. Democrats would require two GOP defections in addition to the votes of all 49 Democratic senators to stop the nomination.

Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinCritics say Interior's top lawyer came 'close to perjury' during Hill testimony Critics say Interior's top lawyer came 'close to perjury' during Hill testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments MORE (W.Va.) indicated Friday that he would support Kavanaugh.