Fmr Senate Attorneys Blast Kavanaugh for ‘Pattern of Deceptive Answers’
- Author: Jon Douglas Sep 18, 2018,
Sep 18, 2018, 1:46
The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago may soon have the chance to tell her story before the Senate. The Washington Post reviewed her therapist's notes and found a record of Ford describing an attack by boys from an elite private school, but not mentioning Kavanaugh by name.
But in a statement Monday, the Missouri Republican called for the Senate to slow the process to probe the allegations before advancing Kavanaugh's nomination. Both Kavanaugh and Ford have said they will also testify. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her. Judge has denied that the incident happened.
Ford tells The Washington Post a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
The suit combines three requests that Democrats on the committee submitted in August to the National Archives, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Bush library for documents relating to the six years Kavanaugh spent at the Bush White House as senior associate counsel and staff secretary to the president. This woman is going to be heard. Whether Ford's accusation is true or not, Democratic Sen. It was expected that only staffers for Republican senators would be on the call, as Democrats have advocated that the FBI investigate Ford's claims in lieu of further action by the committee. "For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect", they wrote.
Four lawyers who used to work for Democratic Senators are accusing Brett Kavanaugh of making "many misleading and false statements" during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and they claim they're certain he wasn't telling the truth because they were there during a key period in Kavanaugh's career.
She said Mr Kavanaugh and a friend had allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom at a gathering. Dianne Feinstein disclosed a letter sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that contained allegations of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh attended high school approximately 35 years ago. Flake went as far as to say he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican committee member, said he "would gladly" hear from Ford if she wanted to appear before the panel, but it would have to be done quickly. The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.
Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Demand Justice, told ABC News that this is the first time since Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement that trigger Kavanaugh's nomination, the group is targeting Colorado and Nevada in an effort to put pressure on Republican Senators Dean Heller and Cory Gardner, to halt the confirmation process.
McCaskill's GOP opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said in a statement late Monday that he was concerned that "Feinstein and the Democrats waited until the last hour to bring this 30-year old allegation to light".
As of Monday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee had not changed its plan for a Thursday vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh and forward his nomination to the full Senate.
"This is about turnout", Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist from MA, said in a phone interview with Mic of the allegations' impact on the November vote. Asked if that included sworn testimony at a public hearing before senators, Katz told CBS's "This Morning" program: "She's willing to do what she needs to do".
Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.