Lawyer: Ford can testify next week if terms fair

22 September, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Carlos George
  • At a midterms campaign rally in Las Vegas late on Thursday Trump told the crowd that he fully backs Kavanaugh

California professor Christine Blasey Ford has publicly accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape at a house party in the early 1980s when they were both high school students in Maryland.

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway says the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct should not be conflated with the assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his denial.

"If you had asked me an hour ago, I would have said that I think Judge Kavanaugh is in a strong position", Henry said. But that served to galvanize GOP lawmakers around Kavanaugh, who vehemently denies Ford's allegations, all but ensuring his likely confirmation.

Kavanaugh can not be confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court without approval from the Senate. We're going to plow right through it and do our job.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

With his comment, Mr Trump went against advisers who had counselled him to stay out of the fray. Women oppose him by 20 points, 43 percent to 23 percent; men support him by four points, 40 percent to 36 percent.

"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago", Ford's attorney said in a statement Wednesday. First, studies have shown that a minority of sexual assault survivors report their assault to authorities. Trump tweeted this morning. Kavanaugh's nomination is a leading issue for faith leaders and activists who are gathering...

President Donald Trump is dipping into the Kavanaugh/Ford controversy once again. Republicans are not willing to subpoena any outside witnesses, as Ford requested, CNN reported on Friday.

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Ford has responded that Monday is out of the question because it does not give her enough time to prepare and to make sure of proper security, given the many death threats she has received since coming forward.

They asked to hold discussions with the committee to set up a new date and conditions for the hearing.

Ford and Senate Democrats had demanded the FBI first reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation to include her claims.

Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who has played a central role in the Ford developments. A much larger number of female Democratic senators are serving to highlight the optics of elderly, white Republican men interrogating a woman in defense of a judicial nominee whose commitment to Roe v. Wade is suspect.

There could be many reasons for that, starting with the fact that it's not clear Ford's alleged account would have been a federal crime. A person familiar with the call said Ford could testify by next Thursday.

"Any time a sexual assault survivor has to retell her story in a context, even if it's a small context, .it can be re-traumatizing having to focus on the details again".

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has said he is ready to appear on Monday (Tuesday NZT). The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims.

Kavanaugh has said he wants to deny Ford's accusation in sworn testimony, and as soon as possible. "They've delayed it a week already". McConnell called the allegations, and subsequent call for a delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation, obstructive "tactics" that Republicans would overcome.

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