Kavanaugh allegations lead to scrambling at White House

Frederick Owens
September 18, 2018

The attempted rape accusation comes only days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was slated to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

The move would delay a planned vote in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee's chairman, was scrambling Sunday to arrange staff telephone calls with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students in high school.

The president seems to be OK with "a little delay", and suggested to reporters Monday that he agrees with some congressional Republicans that there should be a "process".

But my gut still tells me President Trump will not pull it down, for fear of losing his chance of filling the Supreme Court vacancy until after the midterm elections, and for fear that Republicans could lose control of the Senate in those elections, which would colossally complicate the Republican dream of a solid five-member conservative majority on the Supreme Court. No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas backed him, lauding Grassley for seeking a process that "respects confidentiality".

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation". Because who would want to incur this kind of really highly politicized attack game that she now finds herself in?

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

Republican senators have expressed concern over the allegation that Mr Kavanaugh groped Dr Ford and tried to take her clothes off at a party when she was 15 and he was 17.

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Now Ford has told The Washington Post she had made a decision to waive her anonymity because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in media last week. Feinstein aides would not say whether she had conferred with Ford or her attorney before sending the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and neither would Feinstein, who said Monday that she could not recall when the letter had been sent to the authorities and "would have to check the records". The panel would also likely seek testimony from Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her. Judge has denied that the incident happened. Susan Collins of ME, a crucial vote on the nomination, said in a tweet Monday.

The judge was seen arriving at the White House on Monday morning but there was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit. "She should not be insulted; she should not be ignored; she should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill".

President Donald Trump's eldest son has appeared to mock Dr Ford's sexual assault allegation. They want an examination of Ford's psychiatric notes that the Washington Post has reported corroborate that she discussed the alleged attack in couples therapy with her husband in 2012.

Bloomberg News' Laura Litvan reports that Hatch was then asked how he would feel about Kavanaugh's nomination if it turned out that the allegations were true, and Hatch replied that "if that were true, I think it would be hard for senators not to consider who he is today". Cardin said they were "very serious".

"The Senate Judiciary Committee has to decide how each of them will testify", she said. And Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation.

Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this later week and a Republican on the closely divided panel said he's "not comfortable" voting on the nomination without first hearing from the accuser.

Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service.

"They should be examined thoroughly and fairly by the Judiciary Committee without any artificial timeline".

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