I Want Both the Nominee, His Accuser to Testify Under Oath
- Author: Jon Douglas Sep 20, 2018,
Sep 20, 2018, 1:10
Chuck Grassley, says he will seek private interviews with both Kavanaugh and Ford.
"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters after speaking with Kavanaugh Monday that Kavanaugh said he was not even at the party in question.
In July, Ford reached out to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Sen. "She will agree to participate in any proceedings that she's asked to participate in". Republicans have dismissed the letter as a late-game attempt to derail Kavanaugh's nomination, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a letter on Friday in which 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school testified that the judge always "behaved honorably and treated women with respect".
While Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is embroiled in an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while in high school, Republicans and Democrats are growing increasingly at odds with what kind of process should come next and putting the appeals judge's confirmation chances on thin ice.
Across multiple morning shows on Monday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pushed for Ford to be allowed to testify before lawmakers.
Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump to succeed retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, has said the allegation is "completely false" and that he's is willing to discuss it with the Judiciary Committee "in any way the committee deems appropriate".
Also Monday, two of Kavanaugh's former girlfriends issued statements vouching for his character.
The president's oldest son is beloved on the right as the swaggering embodiment of the Make America Great Again agenda.
Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh "was trying to attack me and remove my clothing" at a teenagers' party one summer in the early 1980s. Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Trump said, "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".
After initially guarding her anonymity, Ford "decided to take control of this and tell this in her own voice" after the allegations were leaked, Katz said. But the president is predicting that it will "work out very well". That process is "very thorough, I can assure you", she said. "This woman will be heard". Flake sits on the panel, showing the GOP majority is now in question.
GOP leaders had been aiming for a final Senate vote to confirm the judge next week, but that schedule is imperiled.
Joe Manchin said both Ford and Kavanaugh should have an opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee "as quickly as possible".
Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.
"I agree with Sen".
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford said. "With the one-vote margin on the committee, Jeff Flake has the power to stop Kavanaugh, and to humiliate Trump".
"If there is real substance to this, it demands a response", Murkowski said. But faced with a growing Me Too movement, they are also sensitive about appearances. Then there's the man in the Oval Office, himself the subject of misconduct accusations by more than a dozen women - all liars, he has said. "Sen. Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do their jobs".
Grassley said he was disappointed that Democrats - or Ford's attorney - had not come forward with the allegations sooner. The reaction came as her Democratic challenger, Jennifer Wexton, tweeted: "This is bigger than our politics and will impact whether victims can trust Congress". After details of the story leaked out last week, however, Ford made a decision to reveal herself and publicize the accusations.