Friday, 06 December, 2019


Why isn't Mark Judge testifying about Kavanaugh? He is an alleged witness

US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his confirmation hearing Why isn't Mark Judge testifying about Kavanaugh? He is an alleged witness
Bennie Garza | 22 September, 2018, 08:30

Republicans had vowed to press ahead with the confirmation amid uncertainty over whether the accuser would testify.

Kavanaugh has said he wants to deny Ford's accusation in sworn testimony, and as soon as possible.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning, and he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have indicated Monday would be Ford's only chance to make her case.

"We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee", his spokesperson told U.S. media.

Minutes before a 10pm Friday deadline set by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, a lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford asked for another day to decide.

"There's no reason to attack her, the president is defending his nominee to the United States Supreme Court, as a man of character, integrity, impeccable academic and judicial qualifications and judicial temperament".

Women who say they have known and worked with Kavanaugh throughout his legal career say he has been respectful and fair in dealing with them.

There was no immediate public response from Ms Ford's lawyers.

"She has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", Ford's lawyers said in a letter published by USA media.

Capitol Police arrest activists outside the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley during protests against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill

But she ruled out any testimony next Monday, calling the date "arbitrary".

She wants the FBI to investigate to establish a baseline of facts about what she and others say before she'll agree to talk to the Judiciary Committee, especially in a public hearing.

With the president on message, GOP members felt they were successfully painting Democrats as having politicized the allegations.

The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991. Ford wrote that Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with another male companion. It could also threaten Kavanaugh's support with several Republicans - including Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - who have not declared their stances on his nomination.

Trump rejected the credibility of Ford's claim to have been sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh when they attended neighboring private schools near Washington in the early 1980s. She had earlier called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the charges against Kavanaugh.

Both have called on Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify under oath. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?

The letter to the unnamed woman, dated September 18, asks if she would be willing to participate in a confidential phone call to discuss the allegations made against Kavanaugh the following day. She did. tell a therapist several years ago, and I know that was one of the things this summer, she was waiting to get a hold of them to see if they had written it down, because she wanted something to back up that she wasn't just making up the story right now.

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said.

But she says California college professor Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford's accusation Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers should not be lumped in with the movement that has toppled men from the pinnacles of their careers.

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