Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate

Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate

The charges against Judge Kavanaugh - seized upon by otherwise powerless Democrats eager to reject the nomination and condemned by Republicans who spoke of, in the words of the American Conservative Union Foundation, the "disgraceful effort.to impugn his sterling character" - are an eerie echo of one of the signature political battles of the late 20th century, the 1991 confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas.

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

Collins on Monday called for both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath. Citing "a person close to" Ford who also wishes to remain anonymous, they report that the harassment has been so severe she has had to move herself and her children out of their home, and is arranging for "private security".

"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", he added in his statement released by the White House.

On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University in Northern California, gave her first public account of the alleged drunken attack at a house party in the summer of 1982.

"Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying", she said.

"That's very puzzling to me", she said about the uncertainty of Ford's appearance.

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Ford's husband Russell said that he recalled her mention of Kavanaugh by name.

Christine Blasey Ford's attorney told CNN her client has been "deflecting death threats and harassment".

Ford said in the interview with the newspaper that Kavanaugh threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth. They've unilaterally announced a process and are now arguing that Ford is at fault if she doesn't agree.

"The important thing is to get this investigated", said Sen.

Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, led a number of Democrats calling for a delay in the vote.

On Monday, the FBI explained that it had been made aware of the allegation against Kavanaugh, but said it had not taken action because it did not involve "any potential federal crime".

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