Saturday, 17 November, 2018

McConnell says senators will get Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh

Bennie Garza | 03 October, 2018, 22:34

"I really don't know - it could have come from the community as well", she said, "If I knew I would tell you". It's just not right. "I don't know. I don't know. I wish he hadn't had done it".

The blowback to Trump's scoffing at Christine Blasey Ford came as lawmakers awaited results of a revived Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, expected imminently, on accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school and college.

Opinions of Ford's testimony - on social media and television networks - were that she was powerful and believable.

"Deliberately outing Dr. Ford without her consent may have a lasting impact on women's willingness to report future assaults", the letters read. 'How did you get there?' I don't remember. She did not respond when asked if his comments would affect her vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. As to how she presented herself: "very well, very articulate, even President Trump commended her as to how she presented herself, and Judge Kavanaugh is going to be Matt Damon on "Saturday Night Live" for the rest of his life", Zaid said.

But at his rally on Tuesday, the president dismissively imitated Ford's appearance on Capitol Hill in an effort to cast doubt on her testimony.

The White House defended Trump's remarks.

Some lawmakers say they worry the political fight over Kavanaugh's nomination is melding with the broader #MeToo movement in a way that could politicize the discussion of assault in general. But he also said Senate Republicans are determining the parameters of the investigation and "ultimately, they're making the judgment". Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) gamble may just pay off for Kavanaugh in the long run, if the week-long investigation into Kavanaugh's past turns up little to corroborate Dr. Ford's sexual assault story.

At a political rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump mocked Ford's testimony about the alleged assault in Maryland in 1982 when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.

But McConnell's job of wrangling key Republican senators - he can afford to lose only one vote from his caucus - may have gotten harder after Trump decided the time was right to mock Ford's dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

"Every single word Judge Kavanaugh has said has been picked apart, every single word., second by second of his testimony has been picked apart".

They also have to confront a wave of Republican retirements, as well as the president's sagging approval ratings and the tide of controversy around his White House.

Besides Republicans Flake, Collins and Murkowski, Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have yet to declare their positions on Kavanaugh. "I'd be very concerned that I am stuck being complicit in a process that is trying to destroy a man that revealed the identity of a woman who wanted to remain anonymous", Conway said, referring to Sens.

In particular, Democrats have homed in on his contention that the allegations against him are an "orchestrated political hit" funded by left-wing groups seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

Conway, as Trump did Tuesday night, highlighted Ford's "memory lapses" and "factual inconsistencies".

The President's remarks also offered an opening to critics of the Kavanaugh nomination, including Democratic Sen.

"Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses", Clune said in a tweeted statement.

When she spoke before the Senate committee last Thursday, Prof Ford recalled that the house where the alleged assault took place was in the Chevy Chase-Bethesda area in the Washington DC suburbs.



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