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 HarrisTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot Iowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 CollinsTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote 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 FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  MORE (R-Ariz.), saying they will support him.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote 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) ManchinClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Schumer: I don't know any 'Democrat who agrees' with O'Rourke on gun seizures O'Rourke: Many Democrats 'complicit' in gun problem MORE (W.Va.) indicated Friday that he would support Kavanaugh.