Fmr Senate Attorneys Blast Kavanaugh for ‘Pattern of Deceptive Answers’

19 September, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Cruz says Democrats 'playing games' but agrees that Kavanaugh's accuser should testify before confirmation vote

Judge, the friend who was allegedly involved in the incident, spoke to The Weekly Standard before Ford came forward publicly, and said: "It's just absolutely nuts".

Shortly before Grassley's announcement, the senator said there would be private, telephone interviews of Kavanaugh and Ford conducted by committee staffers. Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) of Iowa, said Monday that he will "continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented, and respectful manner". Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) - said the committee's planned Thursday vote on the nomination should be postponed until authorities could fully investigate the claims.

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. It was unclear whether that goal will have to be adjusted.

Kavanaugh, whose approval had previously appeared certain, denied the allegations and said he was willing to return to the committee to answer the charge. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", the White House said before Grassley's announcement. By the time he testified in a second round of hearings, following Hill, he said, "From my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas". "But I'm not going to look at one thing in this guy's life", Graham said of next Monday's hearing.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford said.

The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee and one of its four female members.

His arrival coincided with a new statement, released by the White House, in which the federal judge again denied the allegations of sexual assault.

With that said, Graham added that such considerations should be made when the accused is seeking a confirmation vote before the Senate.

In concealing the accusation she had received in July, according to reports, Feinstein did a disservice to her Judiciary Committee colleagues, who might have wanted to determine if corroborating accounts were available, or at least question Kavanaugh about the accusation in a closed session.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, initially detailed the allegations about Brett Kavanaugh in confidential letters to her local congresswoman and later to California Senator Dianne Feinstein, a senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "It shouldn't certainly be very much".


Washington (CNN)Sexual assault allegations levied against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee have spurred intensive conversations at the White House over how to proceed, officials and advisers said on Monday.

Trump insisted the confirmation remains on track: "We want to go through a process".

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh, who attended the all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md., attempted to rape her at a party more than 30 years ago, saying that he pinned her down and held his hand over her mouth while trying to remove her clothes.

Christine Blasey Ford discussed her accusation in an interview with The Washington Post.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters earlier Monday Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's party and work to stymie the president's agenda. Without Kennedy on the court, the justices are split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

Ford said she escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. Collins went on to say that Kavanaugh had assured her on Friday that the allegations were false - and that if he is found to have lied about that subject, she would consider that "disqualifying".

The comments by Ford's lawyer suggested any public hearing could be explosive.

Katz told CBS that Ford had consumed a beer but was not drunk.

A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects because Republicans control the committee by just 11-10.

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