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Hirono on Kavanaugh Accusation: Men Need to “Shut Up and Step Up”
 

Democratic Sen. Mazie K. Hirono gave an impassioned defense of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who came forward Sunday with an accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

“Not only do women, like Dr. Ford, who bravely come forward need to be heard, but they need to be believed,” Hirono said at a news conference on Tuesday. 

Schumer: ‘Professor Ford Is Telling the Truth,’ Calls for Full Hearing ‘Done Right’
 

On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for a full investigation on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Thursday to send Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the floor, but that's been postponed until a Monday, Sept. 24 with both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who came forward late last week alleging sexual assault.

 Collins: If Kavanaugh Lied to Committee That Would Be “Disqualifying”
 

Eyes are on Republican Sen. Susan Collins as sexual assault allegations roil Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Collins’s vote was already considered pivotal for the nominee, as the moderate Maine senator has bucked her party and President Donald Trump on big ticket issues before. Collins said Monday that both Kavanaugh and the accuser, California professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, should testify under oath about the incident. 

“Obviously if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying,” Collins told reporters.

The Butler Did It, Auctioning in Committee and Kavanaugh the Good Husband: Congressional Hits and Misses
 

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced the Senate Judiciary Committee all week, while Rep. Billy Long relived his auctioneer days and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wondered if it could have been the butler who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

4 Things Democrats Will Grill Kavanaugh About on Day 2
 

Why Activists Say They're Protesting Kavanaugh
 

Hundreds of protesters poured into the Hart Senate Office building Tuesday to oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The protesters represented a wide range of liberal issues, including defenders of gay marriage, the 2010 health care law, abortion access and minority groups.

“If any of [the senators] are dependent on African American votes for re-election, this is a non-negotiable issue," said Derrick Johnston, president and CEO of the NAACP, of his group’s opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the high court.