GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants 'fairness'

Bessie Dean
September 21, 2018

"Dr Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said, according to The Guardian. As sexual assault claims swirl over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, lawmakers overseeing his confirmation face one political landmine after another.

New York Democratic Sen. "I hope Republican voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook".

Republicans fear if the nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks.

Anita Hill, whose allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her prompted a similar hearing in 1991, told ABC on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee could be holding "just a sham proceeding" next week without the FBI investigation Ford wants.

"If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay", Sen.

Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House Thursday, and allies say he is eager to address the accusation and will be prepared to address the committee Monday. President Donald Trump has refused to do so regarding California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's charge against Kavanaugh.

"Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me", wrote the woman, Cristina Miranda King, who now works as a performing arts curator in Mexico City. Chuck Grassley, who faced criticism that Monday's hearing was scheduled without Ford's input and seemed to be a strong-arm tactic to pressure her, wrote to her attorneys yesterday offering to have committee staffers interview Ford in California if she preferred. It remained unclear Tuesday if Ford would participate.

Ford's attorneys were not immediately available for comment on Wednesday evening.

Instead she has sought to have the FBI investigate the incident as part of its official background check on the nominee.

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Ford's demand has been fully backed by Democrats. Today CNN reports that Brett Kavanaugh's family has received death threats as well.

Kavanaugh denies Ford's accusation that he assaulted her decades ago when they were teens.

The timetable brought cries of protest from Democrats, who have called on the FBI to investigate the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, and to expand the number of witnesses who would be called beyond Ford and Kavanaugh.

Mr Kavanaugh issued a fresh denial of the claims in a statement released by the White House last Monday.

Any woman in the public eye can tell you about that. "We will confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

"One of the political costs of failing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is likely the loss of the United States Senate", warned Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, who added, "If Republicans were to fail to defend and confirm such an obviously and eminently qualified and decent nominee then it will be very hard to motivate and energize faith-based and conservative voters in November". The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes.

Attorney Lisa Banks argued that her client, a mother of two teenagers, was "thrust into the public spotlight" after going public with her allegation against Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.

"Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them", she said on radio WVOM in Bangor.

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