Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump and son come to defence of Brett Kavanaugh

Trump and son come to defence of Brett Kavanaugh

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she was quoted as saying in the newspaper. I did something then that I would never do today in the era of instant communication: I waited, still trying to reach him, to no avail.

Ford, a professor in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, reluctantly came forward to tell her story, ultimately changing her life forever.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, has released a statement calling the allegation against him "completely false".

Categorical denials of the allegations: Both Thomas then, and Kavanaugh now, vehemently denied the allegations against them.

That initial report, in the Intercept, caught committee Democrats by surprise, who had been kept in the dark about the letter Feinstein received July 30, according to several Democratic sources.

"They need to be fully vetted", Democratic Sen.

A source close to Trump, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted trouble ahead should the Kavanaugh issue not be resolved soon, adding that "with seven weeks to go until an election, this is not the discussion that the Republicans want to be having in the era of the "me too" movement".

Thune, who did not give a date for the hearing, said he assumed Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford would testify. Frankly, he failed to do that with his selection of centrist judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination at 12:45pm CT on Thursday.

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The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime".

Feinstein applauded Flake's call to slow things down. He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

Another Republican member, Sen.

Critics have already accused the Republicans of fast tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term. This seems like the republicans already knew about the assault claims, and whipped up a defense for when they became public.

In considering their options Sunday, Republicans largely settled on the view that Ford's story alone was not enough to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Brian Murkowski, the senator's younger brother, graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1986, three years after Kavanaugh.

When Kerry Washington announced that she was executive producing and starring in HBO's Confirmation, a 2016 dramatic reenactment of the Clarence Thomas's 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings, I confess, I wasn't sure we needed it.

Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.

Collins said it would it be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh had lied about the allegations, but said she did not have information to asses the veracity of Ford's allegations.

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In addition to Collins, another key Republican, Alaska Sen.

Feinstein's office did not immediately respond to request for comment. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". Explaining Ford's initial reluctance to come forward, Katz said, "No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though".

Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee.

This letter appears to be a response to the letter that emerged on Friday signed by 65 women who attended high school with Kavanaugh during the period of time he's alleged to have sexually assaulted Ford, and vouched for his upstanding character.

The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward on Sunday with her claim that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down and attempted to take off her clothes at a party around 1982.

The only witness to the alleged attack, a friend of Kavanaugh's, has said he doesn't remember the future judge assaulting Ford. And I think we have to pay attention especially to what the format of this hearing is precisely, who speaks.

At the time, she was 15 and a student at Holton-Arms, an all-girls private school in Bethesda, Maryland, and Kavanaugh was 17. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

President Donald Trump said he's open to a delay in order to keep the process going and eventually confirm Kavanaugh.

A registered Democrat, Ford contacted her representative in Congress, Democrat Anna Eshoo, around the same time.

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