Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Brett Kavanaugh sexual harassment accusations: All you need to know

Brett Kavanaugh sexual harassment accusations: All you need to know

Both Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of physically and sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, have been asked to testify before the committee next Monday, though it's uncertain that will occur. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", he said.

"While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident", the letter reads.

Corker, who isn't a member of the panel, also doesn't want the committee to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation until Ford's allegations can be heard, said spokeswoman Micah Johnson. "That's four different ways she can chose to come".

Kavanaugh went to the White House on Monday, but Trump said he did not meet with his nominee. Her family has relocated, they said.

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.

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"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has levelled against Brett Kavanaugh". She said in an interview with the Washington Post that at a party in Montgomery county, Maryland, Kavanaugh led her into a bedroom, pinned her to the bed and groped her, attempting to remove the bathing suit she was wearing and putting his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming before she was able to escape. "They need to be believed", Hirono said alongside her Democratic colleagues Tuesday at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

A Kavanaugh friend, Mark Judge, who Ford has also said was present during the assault, previously told Grassley through a lawyer he did not want to speak publicly.

The problem for Republicans is that this allegation comes at the worst possible time for them, politically. "I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching and studying, the Democrats Playbook".

Dr. Blasey, thrust suddenly into a spotlight that she never sought, has been inundated with vulgar email and social media messages, and even death threats, according to a person close to her, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private matter. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow.

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Several former colleagues said that, as a biostatistician and psychologist, Ford was known for her scrupulous and meticulous professional conduct.

"We will not sit by and let Republicans use this hearing to attack, undermine and shame Ford", declared UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas.

In the end, "I doubt very seriously any minds will be changed by this", says Ross Baker, a political scientist and expert on the Senate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. "She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth, yes".

"There hasn't been an investigation", one of Ford's lawyers, Lisa Banks, told CNN.

However, as Kavanaugh-who already was deeply unpopular before Ford's allegations were made public-hasn't given any indication that he will stop seeking a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, other advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers are calling for a delay of any confirmation vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can fully investigate Ford's claims.

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