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 HarrisHarris, Booker call for judgement on Jussie Smollett case to be withheld until investigation is completed Harris calls idea of Trump trusting Putin over US intel ‘height of irresponsibility and shameful’ Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report 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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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 CollinsGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care 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.


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 FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.), saying they will support him.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week 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) ManchinDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate MORE (W.Va.) indicated Friday that he would support Kavanaugh.