Trump Defends Supreme Court Nominee as Accuser Faces Deadline

21 September, 2018, 03:35 | Author: Carlos George
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh

At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making any noises. Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Senate Republicans have been clamoring to get Ford in front of the committee before lawmakers vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Although her attorney first said she would appear, Blasey Ford now wants an FBI investigation of the allegations before she testifies. She has so far refused, saying she would testify only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.

"Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation (without specific references to time or location).is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process until after the midterm elections", Sen. She said she will not go through with a committee interview if asked. Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Wednesday also offered to send his staff to Ford, "at a time and place convenient to her".

Numerous Republicans had called for the confirmation process to move forward if Ford would not agree to testify, and they accused Democrats of trying to stall the confirmation process.

"They knew who I was and came up and encouraged me, and I thanked them", Hirono said.

However, Ford's lawyers are not wrong to say that Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement on a matter like this one is not without precedent.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says Hirono may have seen soft-spoken over the years, but adversaries shouldn't forget that she has a "spine of steel".

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"I have serious reservations regarding the questionable timing and handling of this last-minute allegation", Hyde-Smith said in a statement.

Trump has often expressed support for Kavanaugh, saying Wednesday that "it's very hard for me to imagine" that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford.

Zero: That's how many women sit among the panel's Republicans, who will cross-examine Ford. "She deserves the opportunity to testify in a way that is safe and fair".

The message and positive tone of the attorney's email breathed new life into the possibility that the panel would hold a dramatic hearing at which both Ford and Kavanaugh could give their versions of what happened at a party in the 1980s in a Maryland suburb of Washington.

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) became aware of the alleged incidents weeks prior after receiving a letter from the alleged victim letter dated July 30.

Twelve of Prof Ford's family members have written an open letter, posted on Twitter, in which they call her "highly ethical", adding that "her honesty is above reproach".

Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearings this month have been rocked by multi-day protests, was also recently accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 1982. "Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?"

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