Kavanaugh allegation tests support of GOP women

22 September, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Carlos George
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Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME said Friday she was "appalled" by President Trump's tweet belittling the woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her. Even Harriet Myers - whose beleaguered nomination eventually was withdrawn by President George W. Bush - maintained a net level of support when she was nominated for the Supreme Court in 2005. Trump continued. "They've delayed it a week and they have to get on with it".

But the 59-year-old real estate agent was less dismissive toward Ford herself.

"That being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out".

-She does not want Kavanaugh in the room when she testifies.

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigated her allegation. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was appalled by Trump's tweet. The Senate must confirm Supreme Court nominees.

The back-and-forth also is about how majority Republicans and Democrats answer women who allege assault and the men who deny the accusations in the #MeToo era.

However, they said that she is open to negotiating a new date - under strict conditions, given the increasingly nasty atmosphere around the case. She planned to meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in the San Francisco area to discuss those threats, said a person close to her who would describe her plans only anonymously.

The response of these women to the Kavanaugh fallout could be critical in the fight for Congress this fall.

Democrats have tried using the issue to demonstrate that Republicans treat women unfairly, their eyes on upcoming elections in which suburban, anti-Trump female voters could be pivotal in many races. Sen. Interviews with almost a dozen women across the country this week suggested a nuanced reaction to the news in Washington that could pose risks to both parties.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate. Democrats, meanwhile, generally called for more investigations.

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Prof Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed and trying to remove her clothing at a house party in a Washington DC suburb when they were both teenagers 36 years ago.

The hearing or hearings, if any, would have enormous stakes for Kavanaugh, Ford and their families.

There are challenges for Democrats too. "They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court come hell or high water".

Norma Bozell, 63, lives in an affluent community in a Northern Virginia congressional district that stretches from the Washington suburbs to the rural part of the state.

Trump also lashed out at Sen.

Miranda said she believes Ford, noting that it is unlikely that someone would put herself and her family through such scrutiny if it wasn't true.

Like Bozell, Republicans on Capitol Hill have said that Feinstein should have brought the information to the panel earlier.

The US president's remarks were a marked departure from his comments in the days since the accusation first surfaced, during which he refrained from attacking Dr Ford and said she deserved to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify. "I never once saw information in those files misused for political purposes or ignored", Mr. Nunziata says, and he cites a "handful" of nominations that did not move forward because of troubling background information. "Things could have been interpreted a little bit differently".

"If [Senators] come to the determination that her claims are credible, if they feel that there's a question there, that she should be taken seriously, maybe the conclusion is that there are other qualified people to be on the Supreme Court", Wigdor says.

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