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Brett Kavanaugh gets into a heated exchange with Sen. Dianne Feinstein

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Kavanaugh had a heated exchange with Sen. Dianne Feinstein during
his hearing on Thursday.

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  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got into a heated
    exchange with Sen. Dianne Feinstein during his hearing on
    Thursday.
  • At several points, Kavanaugh raised his voice as he addressed
    the 85-year-old ranking member of the Senate Judiciary
    Committee. 
  • Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh went off on the Democrats,
    saying their behavior during his nomination process has been “an
    embarrassment.” 

Brett Kavanaugh got into a tense back-and-forth with Sen. Dianne
Feinstein during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Thursday. 

The Supreme Court nominee appeared before the committee to refute
allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh
attempted to rape her at a party when they were both in high
school in the 1980s.

When it was Feinstein’s turn to question Kavanaugh, as ranking
member of the committee, she asked if he denied Ford’s
allegations, as well as the ones lodged in recent days by Deborah
Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. 

She then questioned why he hadn’t asked that an FBI investigation
be conducted if he was confident he was innocent. 

“Senator, I’ll do whatever the committee wants. I wanted a
hearing the day after the allegation came up. I wanted to be here
that day,” he said, raising his voice. 

“Instead ten days [pass] where all this nonsense is coming out,
you know, that I’m in gangs, I’m on boats in Rhode Island, I’m in
Colorado, I’m sighted all over the place. And these things are
printed and run breathlessly by cable news. I wanted a hearing
the next day. My family has been destroyed by this, senator.
Destroyed,” he said. 

Feinstein responded by saying that the committee isn’t “in a
position” to prove or disprove the allegation, which is why they
want the majority to order an FBI investigation. 

“It would just seem to me then when these allegations came
forward that you would want the FBI to investigate those claims
and clear it up once and for all,” Feinstein said. 

Kavanaugh countered that the FBI “doesn’t reach a conclusion”
when they investigate such matters, before launching back into a
impassioned speech about how he wasn’t allowed to immediately
refute the allegations to the committee. 

“I wanted to be here — I wanted to be here the next day. It’s an
outrage that I was not allowed to come and immediately defend my
name and say I didn’t do this and give you all this evidence,” he
said. 

Feinstein responded by saying that the hearings were set by the
majority. As she continued to talk more about the reasons to have
an FBI investigation, Kavanaugh interrupted her saying “You’re
interviewing me! You’re interviewing me! You’re doing it,
senator.”

“I’m sorry to interrupt, but you’re doing it. There’s no
conclusions reached,” he added.

“And what you’re saying, if I understand it, is that the
allegations by Dr. Ford, Ms. Ramirez and Ms. Swetnick are wrong,”
Feinstein responded. 

“That is emphatically what I’m saying. Emphatically. The Swetnick
thing is a joke. That is a farce,” he said. 

“Would you like to say more about it?” Feinstein asked. 

“No,” Kavanaugh said bluntly. 

Earlier in the hearing, Kavanaugh went on a tirade calling the
Democrats’ behavior during his nomination process “an
embarrassment.” After his tense conversation with Feinstein, he
went on to have contentious debates under questioning from
Democratic Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Patrick Leahy, as
well. 

Meanwhile, the Republicans who questioned him were mostly
supportive, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who
accused the Democrats of trying to stall the process until the
midterm elections.

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