Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Brett Kavanaugh

Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Brett Kavanaugh

"The goal of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States".

In a statement to local media, the Department of Justice said the "FBI does not make any judgement about the credibility or significance of any allegation". "The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers". From there, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom and on top of a bed, where she said Kavanaugh, then 17, attacked her. "The FBI is not doing any further investigation".

In an updated statement, Kavanaugh said at the White House on Monday, "This is a completely false allegation".

He accused Democrats of playing politics by not zeroing in on the accusation against the judge until days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was poised to vote on his nomination. Blasey Ford asked for confidentiality, and the allegation was not made public - until this past weekend.

Ford, now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, gave her description of her encounter with Kavanaugh to The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday.

The president said he had not spoken on Monday with his nominee, who was spending part of the day at the White House. The test concluded she was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate. "She should not be ignored", presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters in the White House driveway on Monday. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.

A vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee that had been scheduled for Thursday has been delayed.

Anita Hill on Tuesday called for the Senate to handle the allegation of sexual and physical assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh better than it did her accusation of sexual harassment against now-Justice Clarence Thomas almost 30 years ago.

Democrats complained that there was not a thorough FBI investigation of the allegations that took place, and no witnesses other than Hill and Thomas who were called. Monday's planned hearing seems to be following a similar pattern.

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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During a television appearance Tuesday morning, Sen. He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth.

"It's been hard for Blasey Ford over the years, [Blasey Ford] told [Rebecca] White, because the judge's name would come up as 'a super powerful guy and he might be a contender for a Supreme Court position one day'".

Ford, a registered Democrat, is being represented by Washington attorney Debra Katz, known for her work with #MeToo accusers, the Washington Free Beacon reported. According to HuffPo, some of the women agree that Ford's claim "is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton".

Ford also took a polygraph test, administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, on the advice of her attorney in early August, the paper said.

The charges against Judge Kavanaugh - seized upon by otherwise powerless Democrats eager to reject the nomination and condemned by Republicans who spoke of, in the words of the American Conservative Union Foundation, the "disgraceful effort.to impugn his sterling character" - are an eerie echo of one of the signature political battles of the late 20th century, the 1991 confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas. In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings. She said if anyone was going to tell her story, she wanted to be the one to tell it. He said that hasn't been worked out, and pointed to the Democrats, noting that there hasn't been a lot of cooperation from Democratic staff.

"Everything could be considered now", Grassley said after Hewitt suggested tapping former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to question Ford.

Grassley said Judge has not been asked to testify.

Critics have accused Republicans of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh seated on the court ahead of the first day of the fall term, October 1.

He added that Kavanaugh was "anxious" to answer the accusations against him, while acknowledging that the testimony would hold up his confirmation.

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