Hearing With Kavanaugh And Accuser Alleging Sexual Assault In Turmoil

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2018

Leahy did not weigh in on the matter again until late Monday morning, when he joined all of his fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in ordering its chair, Sen. It will offer a campaign season test of the political potency of a #MeToo movement that has already toppled prominent men from entertainment, government and journalism and energized female voters and political candidates.

A hearing in front of the committee is scheduled for Monday, but details remain tentative.

"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to - do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee.

Blasey Ford anxious that coming forward with the allegations against Kavanaugh would lead to personal attacks against her, which have already begun. "She should be heard".

"She is prepared to cooperate with the committee and with any law enforcement investigation", she added.

Trump says he wants everyone to have the chance to speak out and Kavanaugh is "very anxious" to testify in his defense.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., was asked if it was poor optics for an all-male panel of Judiciary Committee Republicans to be questioning Ford about her allegations (there are four women, all Democrats, also on the committee).

Ford, now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, gave her description of her encounter with Kavanaugh to The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday. Similarly, she asks that Kavanaugh's counsel be allowed to question Ford.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has called the allegation "completely false". She also alleges that Kavanaugh put her hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. Chuck Grassley, said he wants to set up phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but did not say he would postpone the vote.

"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident", Judge said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Manley recalls his time as a young staffer in the Senate when Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?" He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge respected by everybody, never had even a little blemish on his record.

He added that he doesn't believe the FBI should reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation, as Democrats have demanded. As you say, this is not really their thing.

"Any issues that have come up have been turned over to the people that do the background investigations and we'll see what they come up with", Leahy said at the time. "The Senators will do a good job".

Speaking to reporters at the Senate on Monday, Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: "I'm a very fair-minded guy and I'm going to be fair to her (Ford) and I'm going to be fair to him (Kavanaugh)".

Republicans are moving forward with their interviews and plans for a hearing despite the warnings from Democrats. The delay makes it increasingly hard for Kavanaugh to win approval by October 1, when the new session of the Supreme Court begins. "We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983". Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was about 15, an allegation Kavanaugh denies.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Limiting the hearing to just Kavanaugh and Ford would be "inadequate, unfair, wrong and a desire not to get at the whole truth", Schumer said.

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