Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser says Monday hearing would be a 'deal breaker'

21 September, 2018, 20:44 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate — reports

In another tweet Friday morning, Trump called Kavanaugh "a fine man", who he said is under assault "by radical left wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay".

Ford's lawyers have said she's received death threats. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!... Blasey Ford is now refusing to show up.

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who'd scheduled her to testify Monday.

Collins is an important player because she and a handful of other borderline senators could make the difference in the final vote on Kavanaugh in the Senate.

In a statement on Wednesday, a lawyer for Ford said her client was willing to cooperate with the committee, but criticized its plan to have only Ford and Kavanaugh testify.

A number of women who say they have known and worked with Kavanaugh throughout his legal career say he has been respectful and fair in dealing with them.

If Ford agrees to appear, it would set the stage for a potentially explosive hearing just weeks before congressional elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault. Despite Republican claims that investigations into these matters are the sole responsibility of the Senate, the FBI could open a more extensive investigation.

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It's hard to read that as anything other than Trump saying Ford has "besmirched" Kavanaugh's reputation and that someone would have reported the incident 36 years ago if it actually happened.

Later on Wednesday, Grassley wrote to the senior Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein, requesting she immediately provide an unredacted copy of the letter Ford sent her in July about the assault allegation, saying he must review it before Monday's hearing.

A petition backing Prof Ford, signed by more than 1,000 alumnae from Holton-Arms, her former Maryland high school, was delivered on Thursday to two Democratic women senators.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and further Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right. "Let's have another investigation, another review, an FBI investigation into this to see?'" Brzezinski said. As McConnell spoke about the last few days of political fighting over the current Supreme Court battle, he declared in no uncertain terms that "in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court". She said she will not go through with a committee interview if asked.

Miranda's new comments are a significant development in what remains a largely "she said, he said" account of events between Ford and Kavanaugh.

The sources said the woman who accused Kavanaugh of an assault three decades ago, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, would testify first, then Kavanaugh.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims". We want to thank you for publicly sharing your story of sexual violence. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh". The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. 'But they've delayed it a week, and they have to get on with it'.

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