Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Posted September 19, 2018

Senator Chuck Grassley said Ms Ford has not responded to attempts by the Republican-led judiciary committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her.

On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the woman who wrote the confidential letter to Diane Feinstein accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Mr Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. During all that time, "they did not raise it", he said in a Senate floor speech. They want additional witnesses beyond Kavanaugh and Ford to be added to the Monday hearing.

"The FBI shouldn't be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said. They say the hearing should not move forward until that investigation is completed. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) - the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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Ford said she escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. "The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years".

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted yesterday, "Christine Blasey Ford is courageous, deserves to be heard, and treated with respect as she raises new questions about Brett Kavanaugh".

Mr. Kobilinsky pointed to the polygraph test Ms. Ford's attorney said she passed and the notes from a therapist taken in 2012 that do not name Kavanaugh but mention the incident, as the sort of circumstantial evidence a court may consider.

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"I support Senator Grassley's decision to have these 11th hour allegations thoroughly reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and weighed against Judge Kavanaugh's decades of public service, sterling record on the bench, outstanding personal reputation, and his unequivocal denial of the allegations", the Indianapolis Star quoted Braun as saying.

Hill, whose credibility and reputation were on trial during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, had urged the Senate to establish a protocol to assess sexual misconduct claims that emerge during the confirmation process. Hill joined Gwen Ifill in 2016 to look back at the case, her experience and how it would have been different today. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were in high school.

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"Do the right thing!" she said while pointing at him, according to the Washington Examiner. He said in a statement Monday that he wanted to "refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity". It wasn't until 2012 that she reported having told a therapist about the incident while attending couples' therapy with her husband. "These allegations are credible and deeply troubling". Kavanaugh has denied it.

Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.

Senators hope to get a chance next week to hear personally from both Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his accuser, but even then experts predict they will struggle to cut through the he-said-she-said nature of the sexual assault allegation. Thomas was confirmed, but the hearings had huge political ramifications and raised awareness of workplace sexual harassment. Limiting the hearing to just Kavanaugh and Ford would be "inadequate, unfair, wrong and a desire not to get at the whole truth", Schumer said.

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"Our staff reached out to Dr. Ford's lawyer with multiple emails yesterday to schedule a similar call and inform her of the upcoming hearing, where she will have the opportunity to share her story with the Committee".