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

Trump defends Kavanaugh, wants to hear from accuser

Trump defends Kavanaugh, wants to hear from accuser

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September, 2018.

She said the investigation would "ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions".

Committee Democrats quickly backed up the letter.

Ms Ford has said she is willing to testify before senators but on Wednesday night it emerged she wanted the FBI to investigate her allegations before she appears in Congress.

Democrats complained that there was not a thorough FBI investigation of the allegations that took place, and no witnesses other than Hill and Thomas who were called.

Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.

"The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected President". It's worth noting that the White House counsel is Donald McGahn, who has played a lead role in shepherding Kavanaugh's nomination through the Senate process.

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Elected to the Senate in 1992, Feinstein was one of the first women to sit on the Judiciary Committee.

"They did not raise it in the closed session, the proper forum where such an allegation could have been addressed with discretion and sensitivity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday.

"There must be an agreement on witnesses, and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh", Schumer said.

"I think we've had those kinds of vacancies before, and we certainly had over a one-year vacancy with Merrick Garland", she said. "This is not a man that deserves this".

"I did not know whether this woman would come forward or not". He will state his case before representatives of the United States Senate. "And then they will vote", Trump added.

"There are gaps in her memory", Cornyn said. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters this week.

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

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By margins of as much as 20 points, women are less favorable than men to President Trump and more inclined to say they favor Democrats in the November 6th congressional elections.

CNN obtained a letter from Patrick J. Smyth, a Georgetown Prep alum who graduated in Kavanaugh's class, to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. We will delay the process until it's finished out. Quoting Justice Thomas from his nomination hearing, Mr. Feehery said this seems like another "high-tech lynching", this time "of a white Irish Catholic guy".

A special hearing on the claim was set for Monday but Ms. Blasey Ford's lawyer said she won't testify until the FBI investigates the sexual assault. "We want everybody to be able to speak up and speak out".

Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said she had seen a "callousness from my colleagues that I am totally appalled by", especially if Republicans press forward with a hearing without Ford.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone", the 53-year-old conservative federal appeals court judge said.

Judge is the author of a 1997 memoir titled "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk", which recounts his experiences as a teenage alcoholic. "I believe the survivor here", Blumenthal said. I commend her courage.

Under Republican President George H.W. Bush, the White House asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation add to Thomas' background check. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term. De Leon's former housemate was forced to resign after allegations he made advances on multiple women, including inviting a young woman in a fellowship program back to the house the two shared in Sacramento.

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