'Very hard to imagine' anything happened between Kavanaugh and accuser
'Very hard to imagine' anything happened between Kavanaugh and accuser
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied the allegations
21 September, 2018, 14:09
Republicans in the Senate are insisting she testify Monday - either publicly or privately. He added, "Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it". "It's so obvious that these tactics are used just days before a very important event like a confirmation-it's right in the midst of the confirmation hearing-but these come up right before an election or a confirmation, and I think the Republicans need to take a stand". He went on to reiterate claims that another classmate in the high school "resembled" Kavanaugh "in appearance", and compared images of the classmate next to Kavanaugh.
Senate Republicans have been clamoring to get Ford in front of the Judiciary Committee before lawmakers vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court next week.
Grassley, in a letter to Ford's lawyers sent Wednesday, said that the lawyers must send her prepared testimony and biography documents to the committee by Friday morning if Ford was to be allowed to testify at the hearing on Monday.
Ford's lawyers continue to say that they want a full FBI investigation to take place before Ford will testify.
Ford told the Washington Post on Sunday that an intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party when they were in high school and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to call for help.
Republican and Democratic Judiciary Committee staffers spoke with Katz and Ford attorney Lisa Banks by phone on Thursday to negotiate on a potential hearing for next week. In an interview with The Washington Post, Blasey said Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and groped her as Judge, who also appeared to be drunk, watched. "
The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth."
The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee. A Republican aide didn't dispute the figure, but said those updates can be relatively minor, such as adding a nominee's tax records or educational information that had been inadvertently excluded. "You don't want her to be right, because it's a terrible situation". "If she shows up and makes a credible showing", Trump said, referring to Ford, "that'll be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision". Hirono said the threats constitute being labeled as "intimidation of a witness".
GOP women and others who support Trump mostly said they still back Kavanaugh.
Hill, who is most famous for accusing then-judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment back in the 1990s, during his own confirmation hearing, demanded that the FBI investigate the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh in order to avoid the same "sham proceeding" she experienced.
A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN.
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"He did it again when the accuser came forward against Kavanaugh". Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24. In the call, she said Ford needs time to secure her family, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington. Ford has said Judge witnessed the alleged assault.
This is in keeping with what Carlson said - that it's on the White House to request the FBI investigation in this case.
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That this courageous woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking. Ford doesn't show on Monday, she will lose any credibility she might have and the committee and full Senate should follow Sen.
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