Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Drama: Follow Facts, Not Tribalism

Cruz says Democrats 'playing games' but agrees that Kavanaugh's accuser should testify before confirmation vote Kavanaugh, accuser set to testify at public hearing Monday | WIMS AM 1420
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 13:53

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said he would be willing to "refute" a sexual assault allegation before a Senate panel. On Monday, Kavanaugh again reiterated his denial of the allegations. Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) of Iowa, said Monday that he will "continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented, and respectful manner".

Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

The hearing will happen on Monday.

The makeup of the Senate: At the time of the Hill allegations, there were no women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and only two women in the U.S. Senate - Republican Nancy Kassebaum and Democrat Barbara Mikulski.

Ford had contacted the Post through a tip line in early July after it had become clear that Kavanaugh was on Trump's shortlist to fill a vacancy but before the Republican president nominated him, the newspaper said. And in an unusually personal swipe, Schumer said McConnell was showing "unmitigated gall" to oppose delaying Kavanaugh's nomination after refusing for most of 2016 to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after Antonin Scalia died.

'I'm concerned that this is even happening at this stage in his hearing after he went through so much, but he is smart and he's telling the truth and I think he'll be all right, ' Kane added.

Trump expressed disappointment with opposition Democrats for sitting on the information, specifically mentioning Senator Dianne Feinsten who had met with Kavanaugh for "quite a bit of time" and did not bring up the allegation. On Friday, 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school joined at least 131 other women who testified to his character over the years. Ford said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth his his hand when she attempted to scream.

"Another reason children don't disclose is because they are sometimes threatened or pressured to keep it a secret", said Meltzer, adding that although it may not apply to Kavanaugh and Ford, it is, nonetheless, a common reason. When she went to use the bathroom, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, and that he pinned her down and, laughing, tried to take off her clothes.

Mrs Katz told NBC's Today: "She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped". According to Kavanaugh and Judge, Ford's story is categorically and unequivocally false.

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While Chuck Grassley released a statement saying that it's "disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations" have been released just now, fact is, the allegations have actually been partially corroborated.

Katz said Ford believes "she would have been raped" by Kavanaugh had he not been drunk.

While there was no touching involved, Hill said Thomas had eight years earlier first tried to date her, and when she declined, he subjected her, over a long period of time, to sexually explicit and sometimes freakish sexual comments.

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday". "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement".

"Absolutely", Kellyanne Conway told reporters during a gaggle Monday morning when asked if Ford should testify.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.

Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

A Judiciary committee statement Sunday accused Democrats of hiding Ford's allegations until the eve of the committee vote. She said she just wanted to send her allegation to her member of Congress and sit back.

The accusation has raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending Mr Trump's nominee ahead of mid-term elections.

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