McCaskill, Blunt want review of allegations against Supreme Court nominee

18 September, 2018, 15:21 | Author: Carlos George
  • Cruz says Democrats 'playing games' but agrees that Kavanaugh's accuser should testify before confirmation vote

Mark Judge called Ford "absolutely nuts".

The Republican leader criticized Democrats for sitting on the information during weeks of debate on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Trump's comments marked his first public response after The Washington Post reported Sunday on Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation and said Monday he would discuss the accusation with the Judiciary Committee.

The development effectively delays a planned committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination that had been set for this Thursday.

Kavanaugh later issued a fresh denial of the allegations, which have roiled his confirmation process, saying he is willing to talk to the committee in any way it "deems appropriate". She told the Post, "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

Ironically, one of the Democrats in a tough race this fall is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

In a statement on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false".

"I believe in order for me to assess the credibility of these allegations that I want to have both individuals come before the senate judiciary committee and testify under oath", she told reporters in the Capitol Monday. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process.

On Monday there were no plans for the White House to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.

When Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, there were four women in the Senate and none on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford detailed her story in a letter sent to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July.

The president said he had not spoken on Monday with his nominee, who was spending part of the day at the White House. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement on Monday.

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"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further", Flake said.

Trump has previously voiced suspicion about the #MeToo movement in private, complaining that allegations made decades later can ruin a man's life, people familiar with those conversations say. Like Kavanaugh, Thomas denied he had acted inappropriately. Flake for standing up at a time when many wouldn't, to get to the truth of what happened.

A group of women who attended Holton-Arms have begun to circulate a letter of support for Ford. "Never even had a little blemish on his record".

In the interview, Ford says she didn't reveal what had happened until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham".

"To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court", said Sen.

Ford, now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, gave her description of her encounter with Kavanaugh to The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday. She says she tried to scream, but that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth to silence her.

Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has not delayed the vote. "Unless something else gets dislodged from historical memory" or other women come forward with accusations, "odds are that he will be confirmed".

Separately, one official says there will be intense internal pushback inside the White House if the President or aides go negative against the victim.

Sixty-five women who knew Mr Kavanagh in high school defended him in a separate letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect". "Once the Federal Bureau of Investigation has completed its independent work, we hope that we can work together in a bipartisan manner to decide on next steps".

Moderate Republicans also said Kavanaugh and Ford should be heard. While the idea of Democrats winning a majority of seats in the Senate still seems like a long shot, Schumer said on "The View" Monday: "I think we have a very, very, very good chance of taking back the House, but here's the real surprise: We have a much better chance of taking back the Senate than anybody ever imagined".

In a statement, Sen.

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week", Grassley said. "Flake that we should delay this week's vote", Feinstein said.

But Kavanaugh and Judge have kind of locked themselves into the defense that she's categorically lying.

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