Wednesday, 12 December, 2018


Kavanaugh should be replaced with less controversial Supreme Court nominee

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears during a Senate confirmation hearing on Sept. 5. in Washington Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears during a Senate confirmation hearing on Sept. 5. in Washington
Bennie Garza | 21 September, 2018, 11:29

President Trump said he wants everyone to have the chance to speak out and Judge Kavanaugh is "very anxious" to testify in his defense. "Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who recently said he wouldn't be comfortable voting to confirm Kavanaugh until Ford is heard, tweeted, ".Republicans extended a hand (to Ford) in good faith.

"Her worst fears have materialized", the letter said.

He has denied the claim.

Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasely Ford, have both been asked to testify Monday, but it is not clear if Ford will appear.

President Trump said it's "terrible" that Senator Feinstein did not raise the allegations sooner, but said he's "totally supporting" his nominee.

The letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee from Ford's attorney threw into doubt plans for Monday's high-stakes Senate hearing and capped a day in which Republicans and Democrats bitterly debated how to handle the allegations.

Kavanaugh has "unequivocally" denied the allegation, and in the days since it first came to light, he and his supporters have experimented with a number of different lines in an attempt to exonerate him, ranging from flat-out denying that Kavanaugh was at the party in question, to releasing a letter from two of his ex-girlfriends who insist he's always been nice to them, to the classic evil twin theory.

Democrats want a full FBI investigation into the allegations, but Republicans are keen to avoid any more delays in the nomination - which represents a vital deliverable to their voters in the midterm elections and will cement a conservative majority on the Court, possibly for a generation.

To Hannity, Trump called it a "very sad situation", characterizing Kavanaugh as an "outstanding person".

He also said while he was friends with Kavanaugh in high school, he doesn't recall Kavanaugh ever acting that way.

Over the weekend, Ford told The Washington Post that during a pool party in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her down on a bed and groped her, covering her mouth when she tried to scream for help. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Grassley's committee wants prepared testimony from Ford by Friday and an answer on whether she will accept its invitation to testify to the panel on Monday, either publicly or privately.

According to Ms Blasey Ford's lawyer, she will not appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.

But Democrats also said Tuesday they were planning to attend the hearing even if Ford did not show up. "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in which she raised her allegations against Kavanaugh.

The women write that her decision to share her experience now is "not a partisan act" but an "act of civic duty". A spokesman for Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Republicans have "made contact with other alleged witnesses" for transcribed interviews.

California college professor Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers, something Kavanaugh denies. Republicans said late Tuesday they were considering hiring outside attorneys, presumably including women, to question the witnesses.

Now the future of Kavanaugh's nomination rests largely on the shoulders of Collins, Murkowski and Sen.

"I would be surprised to hear if anybody had anything bad to say about Chrissy", Semerad Guerry said, using a nickname for Ford.

The White House war room largely was centered on shaping the public perception of the nominee, pushing back on reporters' inquiries while circulating positive talking points to allies about Kavanaugh. Democrats in general are complaining that the process is being rushed, but some women are seeing a deeper - and possibly insidious - narrative, especially if Republicans go ahead with Monday's hearing without Ford.

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