Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Comes Forward

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser Comes Forward

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he was willing to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee to "refute" the charge that he sexually assaulted a woman while in high school, as the woman making the accusation said via her attorney that she was ready to tell her story to the panel in public.

Ford told the Post Sunday that she and Kavanaugh were at a high school house party in the 1980s when Kavanaugh, who she says had been drinking, pinned her to a bed and groped her in an effort to pull off her clothes.

"To me, it's compelling that [Ford] puts someone else there, and that the person who happens to be in the room has a blackout drinking problem", said Fairstein. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, told Politico it would be best for the committee to not vote on Kavanaugh until the committee hears Ford out. Hatch also said of Ford that "there's some question whether she's mixed up" in her account of the alleged incident. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said recently on Twitter that she first ran for the Senate "after my daughter and I watched Anita Hill being grilled by an all-male Judiciary Committee that didn't look anything like me or so many others across the country and that wasn't asking the questions so many of us wanted asked".

With Mr Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top United States court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House and issued a fresh denial calling the assault allegation "completely false". "It's so slick it doesn't compute".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (L), accompanied by Sen. Read them, she says.

Democrats are desperate to block Kavanaugh's appointment because they believe he could help overturn Roe vs Wade, the landmark ruling that protects legal access to abortion, as well as protections for racial minorities, unions and the environment.

But Democrats on the committee demanded a delay to allow the FBI to investigate the charge.

But the California Democrat's handling of the matter fed into Republicans' suspicions that Democrats were up to something fishy, leaking the information just days before a key committee vote and too late for Judge Kavanaugh to defend himself at his weeklong hearing earlier this month. Collins went on to say that Kavanaugh had assured her on Friday that the allegations were false - and that if he is found to have lied about that subject, she would consider that "disqualifying".

Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford.

Dianne Feinstein's decision to bottle up incendiary claims about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh until the 11th hour has drawn fierce criticism from Republicans saying it appears Democrats didn't even believe the accuser they now want to testify to Congress.

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But outside the Supreme Court Monday afternoon, advocates and liberal groups rallied to demand a delay on the nomination vote or a withdrawal of his nomination - a notion Trump called "ridiculous".

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway said in an interview with Fox News.

The statements allow for the possibility that Judiciary Committee would receive dueling testimony about the alleged incident decades ago, which could threaten Trump's attempt to install a conservative in the place of frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, potentially altering the balance of the court for a generation. On Sunday, the Post published an interview with Ford.

Ironically, one of the Democrats in a tough race this fall is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", Blasey Ford told The Washington Post about why she'd waited to come forward.

Mr Grassley could invite Ms Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday.

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

With Republicans narrowly controlling the Senate 51-49, the views of Collins and Sen.

Six weeks before Election Day might seem like enough time to vet and process these allegations - to give them respect, but then maybe move on - but if this gets even uglier, it is hard to imagine those Republican candidates in tough campaign fights will want to stick around in Washington until November.

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