Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

"The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers". She said she managed to escape once Kavanaugh's friend, identified as Mark Judge, jumped on top of them. "The FBI is not doing any further investigation".

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", Kavanaugh continued. Blasey Ford asked for confidentiality, and the allegation was not made public - until this past weekend.

Christine Blasey Ford said he tried to attack her and remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both high school students in a Maryland suburb outside Washington.

Kavanaugh has issued blanket denials and also agreed to the idea of testifying again. The test concluded she was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate.

She added, "I believe that the FBI should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done". "I hope the attacks and shaming of her will stop and this will be treated with the seriousness it deserves".

The letter's contents were revealed on Friday without revealing the author, and soon after, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley followed up the letter's release with a second one.

And he will do that in a scheduled hearing Monday, in what Democrats worry will be a replay of another he-said, she-said exercise in 1991 when Anita Hill came forward with sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In fact, it has occurred only four times in the 20th century and seven times in the 19th, though some nominations - George W. Bush's 2005 selection of Harriet Miers, withdrawn 24 days later, following a storm of criticism from the Republican base - have died before votes in the Senate, the legislative body that alone has the power to approve presidential nominees for the judicial branch through a simple majority. Monday's planned hearing seems to be following a similar pattern.

Ford, who was 15 at the time, told the Washington Post that at one point in the night, she got up to use the bathroom.

"It's been hard for Blasey Ford over the years, [Blasey Ford] told [Rebecca] White, because the judge's name would come up as 'a super powerful guy and he might be a contender for a Supreme Court position one day'".

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Democrats refused to participate, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation. Ford's version of events, despite not acting initially. "She was quite reluctant to come forward ".

Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, told multiple media outlets on September 17 that her client would be willing to testify.

While his friend watched, Ford said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes.

Grassley said he has not decided who would testify first but assumes Ford would.

Senate leaders, under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations, announced the move late on Monday.

"While the committee unquestionably needs to hear from both, there are other relevant witnesses who should be questioned under oath, in a public setting", the Democrats said in their letter.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement.

In response to a question from Hewitt, Grassley did not rule out the possibility that a female lawyer could be tapped to ask questions of Ford from the Republican side. And it's not asking too much to say that there should be a hard rule for judges: no rapists (or attempted rapists) allowed.

Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service. More importantly, Republicans want him confirmed before November's elections in the off chance that Democrats take control of the Senate. Kavanaugh has denied it.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump told reporters at the White House. "It is a political dialogue on a very, very painful subject for a lot of people".

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