Bill Nelson: FBI needs to investigate Brett Kavanaugh sex accusations

21 September, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Republicans are warning that time is running out for Brett Kavanaugh's accuser to tell Congress about her claim he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers even as President Donald Trump called the woman's allegation hard to believe in

The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, claimed that the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing scheduled for Monday felt rushed and called for additional witnesses to testify.

Hill's allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her - and the committee's handling of his confirmation hearings - haunts Washington as a key event that alienated many women.

11 Republicans sit on the committee, opposite 10 Democrats.

Democrats contend that Republicans' refusal to let the FBI investigate suggests they are not interested in getting to the truth. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, told CNN on Wednesday.

"She has put herself out there", Bredesen said Wednesday of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her while they were both in high school.

However, Ford believes, as do Democrats like Hillary Clinton, that an FBI investigation is a necessary precursor to her appearance (even as Fox News reports that won't happen, because this is a "political" matter).

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her accusation before she would testify.

However, Republicans have rejected the possibility of involvement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ford's attorneys were not immediately available for comment on Wednesday evening. She says she feared for her life as Kavanaugh tried to rip her clothes off, groped her and pressed his hand against her mouth to keep her from screaming.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Democrats' demands for an FBI investigation were a ploy to delay a confirmation vote and said the Judiciary committee should vote on Kavanaugh "as soon as possible".


More than 50 protesters opposing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have been arrested on Capitol Hill.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said on Wednesday that she hopes Prof Ford "will reconsider and testify" on Monday. They fear that without a shared set of facts, Republicans would simply move quickly after the testimony to confirm Kavanaugh.

Grassley subsequently announced plans to reopen the hearing into Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday, but Ford has asked him to hold off while the FBI investigates her claims.

(She says she escaped before things got worse.) Ford now claims only two people were in the room: Kavanaugh and his classmate, Mark Judge.

Judge already said Friday that the allegation was "absolutely nuts" and that he "never saw Brett act that way".

Trump earlier on Tuesday stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh and expressed sympathy toward his nominee, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day, although not with the president. "I have no more information to offer the Committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford's letter". I think that that's what we're focused on now because that's sort of the dynamic that we're in, but regardless of the timing, we can't get side-tracked on that.

The official says the threats were made in emails to Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, and came from one person.

Clinton said that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.

Lisa Banks, a Ford lawyer, wrote that Mr Grassley's plan to call just two witnesses, Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford, "is not a fair or good faith investigation" and said "multiple witnesses" she did not name should be included.

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