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Dan Abrams: At This Rate, Kavanaugh Will Be Gone Tomorrow


US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens during the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, on September 4, 2018. - President Donald Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face punishing questioning from Democrats this week over his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion. Some two dozen witnesses are lined up to argue for and against confirming Kavanaugh, who could swing the nine-member high court decidedly in conservatives' favor for years to come. Democrats have mobilized heavily to prevent his approval.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has provided impassioned testimony at the hearing focusing on her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her at a gathering in the early 1980s. Ford’s claims have been heavily scrutinized since they came to light, but according to Law&Crime founder Dan Abrams, she has come off as quite credible. So credible, in fact, that Abrams thinks Kavanaugh’s chances of becoming a Supreme Court justice are pretty much gone.

“If this proceeding keeps going like this, no matter how earnest and impressive Judge Kavanaugh is, I’m betting his nomination will be pulled or he will bow out tomorrow,” Abrams tweeted.

Abrams noted that this has nothing to do with the weight of the evidence against Kavanaugh, but rather the impact that Ford’s words will have on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American people, including the hashtag #NotATrial. While a typical He Said, She Said situation would likely not be enough to convict someone of a crime without additional evidence, that’s not what’s going on here.

Even if Kavanaugh continues to deny the allegations and doesn’t give any not to believe him, the nature of the allegations and the way Ford described them could be enough for Republicans–or even Kavanaugh himself–to realize that going forward with his nomination would not be a wise political move.

[Image via SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images]

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