Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Kavanaugh can not be considered for SCOTUS until accuser is taken seriously

Kavanaugh can not be considered for SCOTUS until accuser is taken seriously

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans have set a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Monday that is supposed to feature Kavanaugh and his accuser, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party outside Washington when they were in high school. "And, given the high regard in which Kavanaugh has been held throughout his life, including during high school, it would make the most sense", Parker wrote.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and said he stands by his choice.

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If Ford doesn't show on Monday, she will lose any credibility she might have and the committee and full Senate should follow Sen. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt's radio show that Ford had not responded to multiple requests to do so.

The Republicans are resisting all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block what once seemed a smooth path to confirmation that would promote the conservative appeals court judge by the October 1 opening of the Supreme Court's new term. At first, she said she would not testify until the FBI had investigated, but then said Thursday through her attorney that she would agree to appear, but not when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Monday. Democrats support that, but Trump and Senate Republicans have been emphatic that it won't happen. Even the moderates like Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and Susan Collins in ME who originally were pushing for these hearings to happen are now saying that there doesn't need to be an FBI investigation.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify. Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said there's "no reason" to have Judge appear.

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation".

Katz on Monday characterized Kavanaugh's actions as "attempted rape", adding that Ford thinks "that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped".

Over the weekend, Ford told The Washington Post that during a pool party in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her down on a bed and groped her, covering her mouth when she tried to scream for help.

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"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home". Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.

"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said.

Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii accused the Republicans of not being sufficiently sensitive to women's concerns about the allegations.

President Donald Trump defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday and mocked Democrats who want an FBI investigation into a woman's claim that he sexually assaulted her in 1982. "I think he's on track, very much on track", Mr Trump said.

"To take a man like this and besmirch", Trump said to Fox News personality Sean Hannity of the allegations that have rocked his second Supreme Court pick.

If Ford opts not to participate, Republicans could well dispense with the hearing to avoid giving Democrats a forum for peppering Kavanaugh with embarrassing questions. "This is another attempt by Republicans to rush this nomination and not fully vet Judge Kavanaugh". In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of U.S. adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

The good news is that Ford is also receiving an outpouring of public support.

Ford spoke to no one of it until 2012 when she and her husband discussed it in therapy.

Republicans, meanwhile, want to confirm Kavanaugh.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify.

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