Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Hawaii senator emerges as key, critical voice in vetting Kavanaugh

Hawaii senator emerges as key, critical voice in vetting Kavanaugh

Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

The email from an attorney for Christine Blasey Ford to committee aides also says that holding the session on Monday isn't possible.

Women who attended Christine Blasey Ford's high school have delivered a letter in support of her to senators as she faces scrutiny over her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted when they were teens.

Late Tuesday, Lisa Banks and lawyer Democrat activist lawyer Debra Katz said Ms. Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claims before she appears at a Senate hearing.

"I can't say that it did or didn't", Miranda said.

"The Committee's stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation", said Lisa Banks, Ford's attorney.

Responding on Twitter to Democratic criticism, the Judiciary Committee defended Grassley's approach and described how its staff members had contacted four people alleged to have been present at the house where the alleged incident occurred. "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday.

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The president has indicated he wants Ford to testify, saying, "I really want to see her, to see what she has to say".

The video, which was produced by MoveOn, featured the women saying, "Dear Professor Ford, we know how hard it is to stand up to powerful people".

So far during the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation of this matter, Kavanaugh interviewed with committee staff where he reiterated his unqualified and categorical denial of Dr. Ford's allegations.

Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court.

Kavanaugh is a District of Columbia appeals court judge and served as an adviser to former President George W Bush. They would like a he-said-she-said scenario, because you know what happens in those scenarios? As sexual assault claims swirl over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, lawmakers overseeing his confirmation face one political landmine after another. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.

Also, her attorney suggested that senators - not an outside counsel or lawyer - do the questioning, according to a senior congressional source with knowledge of the call.

"The Committee's standard procedure for supplemented background investigations is to conduct phone or in-person interviews with the relevant parties to discuss the underlying issues", Grassley wrote.

According to The Times, Republicans on Thursday chose to enlist an independent attorney with experience litigating assault cases to question Ford, rather than having the 11 male Republicans on the committee do so.

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