Monday, 10 December, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Donald Trump doubts sex assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee

GOP senators ready to vote if Brett Kavanaugh's accuser doesn't testify Monday 'Smear Him with Some Sexual Impropriety': Kavanaugh Accuser Given a Deadline to Testify
Freda Brock | 20 September, 2018, 21:57

The FBI could interview Ford, Kavanaugh and others about the allegation if Trump asked the bureau to reopen its background investigation, but the president has said the FBI has finished its work. Should he order such a review, it would likely delay a confirmation vote until after the election.

Republicans are resisting all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block what once seemed a smooth path to confirmation that would promote the conservative appeals court judge by the October 1 opening of the Supreme Court's new term. Lisa Murkowski, each has now expressed consternation at Ford's apparent unwillingness to testify soon.

They are also unlikely to agree on an alternative date and the hearing could still go ahead without Mrs Ford. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. And we want to get it over with. "The invitation for Monday (Sept. 24) still stands". Today he heads to Nevada to campaign for Republican Sen.

Ford, now 51, delivered the information in a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. She's said she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before appearing in front of lawmakers - a stance that Democrats support but that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans say won't happen. 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 helps less that Trump defended Kavanaugh Wednesday, reminding voters - suburban women, particularly - of his own past with women in what one GOP strategist called "a can't win situation". "A simple denial is not the end of questioning". It can be open.

Prof Ford declined to testify unless the FBI begins investigating the judge. John Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary panel from Louisiana.

Townsend said the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the claims would take "a couple of days".

"I'd really want to see her. Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", Feinstein said in a news release. But he suggested Republicans will not bend from their offer of a hearing Monday.

The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee.

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It's a 180 from what Miranda wrote on Facebook Wednesday-the post is now deleted-attesting to Ford's credibility, saying, "The incident did happen" and "many of us heard about it in school".

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations of sex assault, which stem from when he and Ford were in high school.

The risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high. "This is not only, if it is true, it is not only a sexual assault ― it's a childhood sexual assault", New York Times columnist Charles Blow said on a Wednesday night segment of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time". But that may be moot if Ford declines to appear.

President Donald Trump has again defended his nominee, saying it is very hard for him to imagine anything happened. Like Kavanaugh, Thomas strongly denied the accusation against him. He is not a man that deserves this....

At the same time, Grassley couldn't allow Ford to dictate the timing of her appearance.

"What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?".

"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions". Dianne Feinstein in July. "And it is not the woman's fault". 64% of Republican respondents supported Kavanaugh's nomination.

"He's not happy, he's upset", Kennedy said. He says the committee's investigation of Ford's claim is sufficient.

That both the White House and the GOP-controlled SJC have refused that simple and common-sense request, say critics, reveals something profound about the charade now being orchestrated by Grassley and the party's political machine.

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