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Brett Kavanaugh Assault Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Requests Judiciary Hearing Delay

19 Septembre 2018

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September, 2018.

Anita Hill says the Senate Judiciary Committee could be holding a "sham" hearing next week without an FBI investigation of a woman's sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, has repeatedly denied the allegations. Democrats will use Monday's hearing as a political spectacle to coax Mr. Kavanaugh into looking defensive or angry, and to portray Republicans as anti-women. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

Republicans have blasted Democrats for the way in which the accusation came out - at the 11th hour, while for six weeks, the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. It was unclear whether that goal would have to be adjusted.

The panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said he would postpone the vote and would now hold a hearing with both Kavanaugh and his accuser on Monday. "Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation".

Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation.

She announced that she had signed the open letter on Twitter Monday night. Feinstein defended herself in a Tuesday interview, and Ford's lawyer has said she acted appropriately. How and why Ford went from wanting to preserve her anonymity to being willing to publicly talk about the incident isn't a process that should be chalked up simply to politics.

Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump, who has been engaged in a so-far successful effort since becoming president a year ago to move the Supreme Court and broader federal judiciary to the right.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney, Barbara Van Gelder.

And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up.

Her lawyer, Lisa Banks, told CNN her client has been "deflecting death threats and harassment". "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions", he said. But the president is predicting that it will "work out very well". Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Trump said, "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay". Without Kennedy on the court, the justices are split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

But Chris Strohm of Bloomberg News, citing someone familiar with the matter, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't said it didn't want to be involved in evaluating the Ford accusations.

Perhaps Feinstein is hoping there is a crime lurking somewhere in the thousands of forms and other statements made by Judge Kavanaugh during or before his nomination, in which he denied an event such as is now being alleged, and he is therefore and somehow guilty of lying?

While that's the biggest problem with the Wall Street Journal editorial on Ford and Kavanaugh, it's not the only one.

Ford skeptics, she said, may be inclined to think, " 'It was such a long time ago, it was two teenagers, it wasn't that serious.' But for each individual victim it's an everyday struggle".

Katz told CBS that Ford had consumed a beer but was not drunk.

With the #MeToo movement galvanizing liberal and female voters and already costing prominent men their jobs in government, journalism and entertainment, a hearing would offer a fuller vetting of Ford's charges but also present a politically jarring prelude to November's midterm elections.

Brett Kavanaugh Assault Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Requests Judiciary Hearing Delay