Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Democrats Have Ensured Brett Kavanaugh Will Never Get A Fair Hearing

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee Blunt wants to investigate Kavanaugh allegations | The Olympian
Kenny Thornton | 18 September, 2018, 00:48

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, said Monday that they would be willing to testify to Congress about the allegations.

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California professor, accused Kavanaugh of groping her and trying to take her clothes off when they were both attending suburban Maryland high schools in the early 1980s. A look at what she is saying and how top lawmakers are responding.

In her interview with The Post, Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - had corralled her in a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Md.

According to Bloomberg News, who spoke to a White House official, President Trump's team will continue forward with the nomination, refusing to pull Kavanaugh's name from the nomination, and instead they will try to attack the credibility of the alleged victim.

"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation", Feinstein said. Following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh's appointment would tilt the balance of the court to the right, potentially impacting American law for decades to come.

One supporter of Kavanaugh also pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating". She also said she wants the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.

Mrs Katz told NBC's Today: "She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped".

'Trying to attack me': Kavanaugh accuser reveals details of alleged sexual misconduct
But Katz said her client was not taking a position on whether or not Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination to the high court. It was Biden in 1991 who so badly fumbled the investigation of Hill's allegations, with the silent ascent of fellow Democrats.

As of late Sunday evening, Trump had yet to comment about the Ford allegation on his Twitter account.

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said sworn testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford on the specific allegation should be considered as part of the record in the judge's hearings.

Sixty-five women who knew Mr Kavanaugh in high school have defended him in a letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".

While Ford initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, she said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her. It is unclear with whom the Trump Supreme Court pick was meeting.

Kavanaugh again denied the allegations, but said he also would be willing to speak to the Judiciary Committee.

Backlash to Hill's treatment by then all-male Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 is widely accepted to have helped usher in the so-called "Year of the Woman" in 1992, when the number of women in the Senate doubled from two to four. "And given the political environment, and given how the nomination process was rolling along, she made the calculation that she did not want to come forward publicly". The senator claims the allegations are "extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character". Ford sent a letter detailing her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh to Sen. Therefore, if Conway is firmly on the side of Kavanaugh being trustworthy - a tough sell, given he has been repeatedly accused of perjuring himself in Senate hearings - it is hard to argue she's willing to really listen to Ford's side of the story. Lindsey Graham, that allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations, would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court.

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