Christine Blasey Ford: the woman who could sink Kavanaugh

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process.

Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, said that her client was willing to testify before the committee.

"The standard procedure for updates to any nominee's background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties".

When asked whether the judge might withdraw from the confirmation process, the Republican president said: "What a ridiculous question that is".

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, detailed her allegations in the Washington Post at the weekend.

Ford, 51, says she thought Kavanaugh might "inadvertently kill" her during a party while they were high school students after he and a friend corralled her in a bedroom and the Supreme Court nominee pinned her to a bed and groped her over a one-piece bathing suit.

Prof Ford spoke of the alleged attack a couple of times over the subsequent decades, including during therapy. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said.

During an appearance on ABC's "The View", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he finds Ford "extremely credible" and believes other senators will, too, if she testifies.

McConnell said that Democrats used the "eleventh hour" before a committee vote to declare that Kavanaugh's confirmation should be delayed.

Democrats, however, say that Judiciary Committee staff calls with Kavanaugh and Ford are insufficient. Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats.

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Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House, which has stood by the judge in the face of the accusations. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations, reiterating again on Monday that he has never done "anything like what the accuser describes - to her or anyone".

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the allegations, saying they are "completely false".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley plans to speak with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote, according to a spokesman for the senator. The White House has also sought to cast doubt about Ford's allegation by noting that the FBI has repeatedly investigated Kavanaugh since the 1990s for highly sensitive positions he has held, including in the office of independent counsel Ken Starr, at the White House and his current post on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Blunt, a member of Senate leadership, has given full-throated support to Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further", Flake told The Washington Post.

The Judiciary Democrats, in their letter to Chairman Grassley of Iowa, said serious questions have been raised about Kavanaugh's "record, truthfulness and character".

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told reporters she would like the chance to observe Dr Ford to decide the credibility of her account.

Responding to the latest developments in the Kavanaugh nomination, Foy had said, "It's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote".

Nearly the exact same series of events occurred in 1991, when law professor Anita Hill came forward to testify that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she was assisting Thomas at the Department of Education in 1981.

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