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 lead field in Iowa poll The 2020 Democratic nomination will run through the heart of black America Gillibrand says she's worried about top options in Dem 2020 poll being white men 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 TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report 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: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force House Dems follow Senate action with resolution to overturn IRS donor disclosure guidance Senate votes to overturn IRS guidance limiting donor disclosure 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 FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Flake asks Daily Show where he can get a blanket emblazoned with his 'meaningless tweets' MORE (R-Ariz.), saying they will support him.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHouse funding bill scraps Arctic icebreaker program Senate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips The Senate must reject Bernard McNamee’s nomination for FERC 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) ManchinOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — New momentum for privacy legislation | YouTube purges spam videos | Apple plans B Austin campus | Iranian hackers targeted Treasury officials | FEC to let lawmakers use campaign funds for cyber Manchin puts hold on FCC nomination over wireless internet fund delay MORE (W.Va.) indicated Friday that he would support Kavanaugh.