Trump questions Kavanaugh’s accuser, says opponents want to ‘destroy’ nominee

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2018

Eshoo relayed the accusation to Sen.

Since Ford's name became public, Democrats and Republicans on and off the Judiciary Committee have traded barbs. Kavanaugh has agreed to go.

Blasey Ford has been reluctant to testify since she came forward on Sunday with her allegation, which threatened to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is vetting Kavanaugh before a Senatewide vote to confirm him, is now figuring out how to proceed.

McConnell told the annual Values Voter conference Friday "in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court". "So my friends, keep the faith and don't get rattled by all of this".

Thirty-some-odd years ago, when this supposed drunken sexual assault by Kavanaugh allegedly occurred, was the time for Ford to claim victimhood.

Bozell, who describes herself as an independent, said she found the timing of the allegations suspicious and believed Kavanaugh was an "upstanding man" who was being "smeared" and that his family was being torn apart. "I remain committed to defending my integrity".

Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is willing to testify before lawmakers as early as next week, her lawyers say, so long as certain terms are met that are "fair and ensure her safety".

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Trump tweeted Friday: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!...

Trumps comments follow an unusual period of silence in which even his aides were reportedly shocked at how mild the president's statements on Ford had been. She mused aloud that Ford just wanted attention "because the.MeToo movement is so popular", but quickly added that the sort of assault Ford alleged happened "is an important issue".

The president took to Twitter to praise Kavanaugh as a "fine man" who is being obstructed by "radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers". It's telling that the president tweeted out that "facts don't matter". "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" He has denied the allegations.

Should Ford testify, especially in public, it would pit the words of two distinguished professionals against each other as television close-ups capture every emotion.

Republicans fear if the nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks. Some say so. On the other hand, there is a police report relating to one of the domestic violence complaints against Deputy Democratic National Committee Chairman Keith Ellison, in the form of a transcript of a 911 call that included a request for a squad auto to come to the victim's residence.

Conway was a GOP political consultant for decades before working for President Donald Trump. Ford has demanded that the hearing be scheduled for Thursday, which the source said is still among the things under negotiation.

For Trump, approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary more to the right.

Trump's apparent shift in strategy comes as Ford's lawyers are negotiating with the Senate Judiciary Committee on the terms of her possible testimony next week, raising the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown over Ford's accusation.

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