The high price and complicated politics of sticking with Brett Kavanaugh

20 September, 2018, 12:58 | Author: Angel Logan
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Democrats continue to demand an FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, and on Wednesday we explained their political goal to delay a confirmation vote past Election Day.

Ms Debra Katz, a lawyer for Ms Ford - who only came forward publicly on Sunday after trying to keep her name hidden for more than a month - had said earlier she was ready to speak under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley has said he will not ask the FBI to investigate the allegations, as Ford has requested.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement. He said it was "very hard" for him to imagine that Kavanaugh had acted as Ford has described.

To the people being willfully obtuse about the situation, THESE ARE THE THINGS the F.B.I. can investigate, if Donald Trump orders them to. They said her family had relocated. That this fearless woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking. Chuck Grassley regarding a Monday hearing and his assertion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not "make a credibility assessment of any information it recieves with respect to a nominee, nor is it tasked with investigating a matter just because the committee deems it important". Former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said that she was told background checks for "presidential appointees only go back 10 years or back to age 18".

Wednesday's rule, after the GOP gave Ford a chance to be heard: Christine Blasey Ford must not participate in this sham. "She deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate".

Ford alleges that at a house party in the 1980s, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her on a bed and stifling her cries before she fled - an accusation Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied. All these Kavanaugh defenders are suggesting Ford is a liar because she doesn't remember the exact date of "the party in question".

She also says Kavanaugh's friend at the time, Mark Judge, cranked up music in the locked room so her cries of protest couldn't be heard. Senators, he said, will have to determine if Ford's account of the event meets the threshold to declare Kavanaugh unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. If she shows, or makes arrangements to testify behind closed doors or to committee staffers, fine.

He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting". "Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

While Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) had originally said that the hearing needed to be postponed until Ford's testimony could be heard, on Tuesday he said that if Ford refused to testify on Monday, the Senate should move forward with their vote.

Hill's allegations against Thomas drew scorn and attack from many Republican senators - some of whom, like Sen.



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