Sunday, 09 December, 2018


Chuck Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser has not yet agreed to testify

Bennie Garza | 19 September, 2018, 18:45

US President Donald Trump stood firmly by his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Monday after allegations that the conservative judge sexually assaulted a woman when they were teenagers threatened to derail the nomination process.

The lawyers wrote that Ford, who is now a college professor in California, wants to co-operate with the committee.

Until late Tuesday, Ford and her attorney had not yet responded to the committee's hearing request.

A source close to Trump, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted trouble ahead should the Kavanaugh issue not be resolved soon, adding that "with seven weeks to go until an election, this is not the discussion that the Republicans want to be having in the era of the "me too" movement". We've heard from neither Kavanaugh nor Ford but she's already passing the hat. Crucially, both Kavanaugh and Ford would be subject to no-doubt-tough cross-examination. "Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump defended Kavanaugh's reputation again, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation shouldn't probe into Ford's allegations.

Grassley sees no reason to delay a hearing further. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay". A vote in committee would be a precursor to action in the full Senate. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate.

"It's a process, and we all feel - speaking for all of the Republicans - we feel that we want to go through this process and we want to give everybody a chance to say what they have to say".

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens. She said "fuck them" to critics of her sexual harassment questioning.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", Ford said to The Washington Post. Neither Collins nor Murkowski faces re-election this fall. Her family has relocated, they said. "They did not raise it in the thousand-plus follow-up questions that senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing".

He said he would have shared the letter with fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee while redacting identifying information and said Feinstein should have asked Kavanaugh about his character during hearings. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.

Another Democrat on the panel, Sen. "That is one of the signs of lunacy, believing something that isn't real", DiGenova said. Like Kavanaugh, Thomas strongly denied the accusation against him. But in the days since she publicly accused Kavanaugh, the lawyers said, she has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats".

He led the state Senate last fall when accusations of widespread misconduct rocked the Capitol.

Trump answered questions about Kavanaugh, whose nomination is now in jeopardy in the Senate, as he left the White House to visit hurricane-stricken areas in North Carolina and SC.

Mark Judge, another friend and classmate of Kavanaugh's, has been named as the other person who was in the room when the alleged incident took place.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh. Lewis said she voted for de Leon in the California primary but will now back Feinstein in November.

A Justice Department spokesperson said that the FBI forwarded a letter it received about Blasey Ford's allegation to the White House counsel's office under guidelines for conducting background checks, telling CNN that the allegation "does not involve any potential federal crime".

The development further roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, whose confirmation to the lifetime post could consolidate the conservative grip on the top US court.

The Kavanaugh allegation was first presented to Sen.

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