Kavanaugh’s temperament and credibility emerge as flashpoints in Supreme Court fight | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

Oct 02, 18
Kavanaugh’s temperament and credibility emerge as flashpoints in Supreme Court fight | News Sponsored by TrumpShop.net

John Wagner National reporter leading The Post’s breaking political news team Mike DeBonis Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives October 2 at 2:50 PM Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s temperament and credibility emerged as flash points Tuesday in the battle over his Supreme Court nomination, with Democrats increasingly pointing to his at times testy and emotional performance at last week’s Senate hearing. The strategy came as the FBI conducts a limited investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh but with great uncertainty about whether the probe will unearth anything conclusive by the end of the week, when Republicans are pressing for a vote. During remarks on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last week’s hearing, at which Christine Blasey Ford alleged a drunken sexual assault in the early 1980s, left him and others with great concerns about Kavanaugh’s truthfulness. “He has grossly mischaracterized his relationship with alcohol,” Schumer said, characterizing Kavanaugh as someone who “tiptoes around the truth.” During the hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledged sometimes drinking too many beers in high school but said he did not have a problem with alcohol and never forgot his behavior — characterizations that have been questioned in news reports by some former classmates. Regardless of what he did as a teenager, senators need to look at what Kavanaugh is saying now, Schumer argued. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. (Tom Williams/AP) “You cannot discount what he is saying and professing at age 53 when it flies in the face of being truthful,” Schumer said. “That is the key question here . . . His credibility is in real doubt — doubt enough for a lot of Americans to say this man should not be on the Supreme Court.” Other Democrats — and one key Republican, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona — also raised questions Tuesday about whether Kavanaugh has the right temperament to be on the high court. Appearing at a forum sponsored by the Atlantic, Flake said he was concerned about some of Kavanaugh’s sharp interactions with Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee last week. While Flake said Kavanaugh deserves some leeway given what he and his family been through, he said, “We can’t have this on the court

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