Washington scrambles over Kavanaugh allegations

20 September, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Chevy Chase Maryland. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment

The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board over the weekend castigated Feinstein for waiting so long to reveal the accusation against Kavanaugh.

"I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they had this information for many months. We need to delay the vote", Leahy said. Susan Collins, a key Republican swing vote who has been at the center of the left's efforts to block the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court. Democrats on the panel refused to take part, arguing that the FBI should investigate the allegations stemming from an incident Ford says happened at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students in high school.

Ford described Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, a second boy in the room, as "stumbling drunk" in her interview with the Post.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote on the nomination of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh on September 20, but in light of Ford's comments a number of committee members have urged holding off on a vote.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he was willing to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee to "refute" the charge that he sexually assaulted a woman while in high school, as the woman making the accusation said via her attorney that she was ready to tell her story to the panel in public. Early August: On the advice of her attorney Debra Katz, Ford took a polygraph test.

Johnson is not a member of the Judiciary Committee but said it is "appropriate" that the panel listen to both the accuser as well as Kavanaugh.

"I don't know enough about Dr Ford and her allegations yet" to reach a conclusion, Collins said. Dianne Feinstein via a letter through Eshoo's office. These are elements it probably should have, especially if she is asking us to kill a Supreme Court nomination, at the last possible moment, based on an allegation that is nearly forty years old.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning. Further, Ford is willing to testify publicly, under oath, before the Judiciary Committee, Katz said. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process. It was unfair to Kavanaugh, unfair to his accuser and unfair to Feinstein's colleagues - Democrats and Republicans alike - on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republicans, he says, feel that this is in their grasp and they do not want to do anything to cause things to go off the rails.


"We are not going to stand by and let Judge Kavanaugh be smeared".

"This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends". As another male student looked on, Kavanaugh then groped her over her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to scream, she said. Kavanaugh should be afforded the same opportunity, she added.

"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Feinstein said. In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings.

During a 10-minute phone call with Sen.

Kavanaugh, 53, "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegations when they came out anonymously last week. According to NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell, Hatch spoke to Kavanaugh about it, and says the Supreme Court nominee is "honest" and "straightforward".

Cornyn said Senate Republicans used a closed-door meeting Monday to agree to the public hearing.

"Never even had a little blemish on his record", Mr. Trump said.

Banks said Ford was not motivated by politics, but ultimately chose to provide her account "so that those making a very important decision can make an informed decision with all the facts". After 35 years it is almost impossible to conduct a full or fair investigation.

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