Nomination of Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh thrown into crisis
Sep 18, 2018, 01:49
Ford discussed the incident, which occurred in the early 1980's when both she and Kavanaugh were in high school.
"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", Grassley said. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
All four came out against Kavanaugh's confirmation, but they said that at the very least the Senate should wait until the remaining confidential documents regarding Kavanaugh's White House history are released to the public, and for there to be a proper inquiry into the sexual misconduct allegations that Christine Ford brought against him.
Kavanaugh says in the statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself".
Stressing that Mr Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character".
"Well, this woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", said Conway. Her attorney said Ford is "not motivated at all by politics".
Ford is not taking a position, Katz said, on whether Kavanaugh ought to withdraw his bid to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. According to the Post, she contacted the publication's tip line as Kavanaugh was under consideration by President Donald Trump, and she later sent a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who forwarded it to Sen.
In television interviews early today, Ms Ford's Washington-based lawyer, Debra Katz, said her client would be willing to speak out publicly. Flake went as far as to say he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh for the time being. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband. "He is buoyed by the immediate outpouring of support from lifelong friends, including 65 women who knew him in high school and signed a letter on Thursday attesting to his character after initial news reports of the allegation". The Senate Judiciary Committee has set its vote on his nomination for this coming Thursday. But Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said that the vote should not be held until senators hear more about the allegations.
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"She believes that but for his inebriation and his inability to take her clothes off, he would have raped her", Katz said. "Both have said they are willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and I hope they will be given the opportunity to do that as quickly as possible". Specifically, at Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont) asked Kavanaugh about information he received that had been taken from files stolen by Manuel Miranda from Democrats including Leahy himself.
Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.
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