Kavanaugh's accuser 'should not be ignored or insulted'

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2018

"It will, I'm sure, work out very well".

Conway said officials should support Ford's right and willingness to testify while preparing for a committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending President Donald Trump's nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement. The White House issued a statement from Kavanaugh denying the allegations.

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, identified herself to The Washington Post in an article published Sunday that further detailed her allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh when both were teenagers. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday. Grassley said he will continue working on a way to hear from Ford "in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner".

"The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed", he added.

A spokesman for Grassley complained about the timing of Ford's public accusation, saying it "raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during the many steps along the way".

Kavanaugh said he would be willing to talk to the committee to refute the allegations, according to a statement released by the White House on September 17.

"If Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh", Graham said in a statement.

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Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) along with Republican Sen. September 17: Katz said Ford would be willing to speak publicly with lawmakers as key senators voiced interest in delaying a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"We got to take these examples of sexual assault very seriously, and she's charged him, and we also have a request from Kavanaugh that he wants to give his side of the story", Grassley told reporters. "Ford by listening to her and hearing her story". The notes did not mention Kavanaugh by name.

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Kavanaugh, meanwhile, was seen arriving at the White House late on Monday morning. "For me, we can't vote until we hear more".

Conway later tweeted that Kavanaugh is "willing to add to his dozens of hours of sworn testimony".

But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took pains to display concern for Kavanaugh's accuser.

"He is somebody very special", Trump said of his nominee."At the same time, we want to go through a process".

During a 10-minute phone call with Sen.

Hatch has been one of the fiercest supporters of pushing forward with Kavanaugh's nomination, despite the allegations.

Whether Kavanaugh becomes the newest Supreme Court justice will depend largely on his and Ford's performances in front of the Judiciary panel and a national television audience.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that backs Trump's judicial picks, plans to launch a $1.5 million ad campaign backing Kavanaugh, a spokeswoman said.

While Democrats demanded a delay in a scheduled Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination to allow the FBI to investigate, Senate Republicans struggled with how to proceed. Ford alleged that at this party, she was pushed into a bedroom and an inebriated Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed while his friend Mark Judge was watching and laughing.

Ford is "not taking a position" on whether Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination, Katz said.

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