GRASSLEY SPEAKS: Senate Judiciary Chairman Releases Kavanaugh Statement

Erika Holt
September 18, 2018

The accuser said the now-Supreme Court nominee "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it".

But that suggests that Kavanaugh is admitting to knowing his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

"She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth, yes, ' Katz told NBC's 'Today Show" on Monday morning.

In a new statement released Monday morning, Kavanaugh forcefully refuted Ford's allegations.

Kavanaugh, who was at the White House on Monday, vehemently denied Ford's account. Kavanaugh has responded in a statement Monday by saying he is also willing to testify under oath.

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", said the statement from Grassley's office.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway said in an interview with Fox News.

Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story. She contacted her congressmember and The Washington Post through a tip line. Ford has also passed a polygraph test which was administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent last month. The teenage friend who allegedly broke up the encounter, Mark Judge, also denied the accusation, telling the Weekly Standard that it was "absolutely nuts".

A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP.

The Judiciary panel, which questioned the 53-year-old Kavanaugh for two days earlier this month, has scheduled a confirmation vote for Thursday, but Democrats and a handful of Republican lawmakers called for time to hear Ford's accusations and Kavanaugh's response, possibly delaying the vote.

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The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination. Kennedy said he was considering asking Kavanaugh if he ever "snuck a couple of beers past Jesus" back in the day but decided against it.

The Arizona senator is not the only Republican to voice concerns over Mr Kavanaugh's appointment being pushed through at speed, in light of the allegations. He added: "We need to hear from her".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was open to hearing from Ford, while resisting calls to delay the vote.

A committee spokesman said late Sunday that its chairman, Sen.

The Post reports that while her husband recalls Ford mentioning Kavanaugh's name in therapy, notes from her therapist that were reviewed by the newspaper do not mention his name. Under Senate rules, the committee could forward the nomination to the Senate floor without an affirmative vote.

Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination. After his confirmation, in an ABC News / Washington Post poll, 62% of Americans said Thomas should have been confirmed compared to 34% who said he should not.

Ford, a professor in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, reluctantly came forward to tell her story, ultimately changing her life forever. Dianne Feinstein orchestrated the leak and subsequent release of Ford's letter, not merely to sink Kavanaugh and level accusations in a way that would make it hard for the judge to defend himself, but also to try and delay Republican efforts to confirm any nominee until after the midterms.

Grassley could invite Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday.

Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Sarah Burgess, a member of the class of 2005, told the Huffington Post that she wrote the letter with several schoolmates because Ford's claims felt "personal".

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