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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 HarrisOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Booker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds Harris rolls out bill to create new middle class tax credit 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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Susan Collins and the mob mentality Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh 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 FlakeMnuchin pulls out of Saudi conference The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns On The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference MORE (R-Ariz.), saying they will support him.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiEx-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge Flake on Kavanaugh confirmation: To see GOP 'spiking the ball in the end zone' doesn't seem right 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) ManchinElection Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Poll: Dems lead in Indiana, West Virginia Senate races, tied in Nevada McConnell defends Trump-backed lawsuit against ObamaCare MORE (W.Va.) indicated Friday that he would support Kavanaugh.