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

Kavanaugh, Ford to testify at US Senate hearing on Monday

Kavanaugh, Ford to testify at US Senate hearing on Monday

A Senate panel's scheduled public hearing next week into allegations U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted a teenage girl when they were both in high school was thrown into doubt on Tuesday.

"I was a prosecutor, I've done these cases it takes a little time to try to sift through the facts and let whoever it is, the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do some things and I think they need to let this play a little bit", he said. "They can't say this is the last minute when they jammed this thing through and asked for a vote long before all the information is in".

While Ford initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, she said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her.

Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh's jumped on him.

Republicans and the Trump White House argue that isn't the FBI's role. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led".

Another undecided senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said, "We have a woman who has come forward, she deserves to be heard, it's important that her voice and her story is shared". "It doesn't look good in light of the sexual assault allegation Judge Kavanaugh is now facing".

That incident inspired a record number of women to run for federal office that cycle, including Murray, who was elected the following year.

As the Senate committee prepares for a Monday hearing, liberal and conservative groups are intensifying the pressure on a handful of red-state Democrats and moderate Republicans.

The development comes a day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley announced plans for the hearing.

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Ford detailed her story in a letter sent to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July.

Former president George W. Bush said he will stand by his former employee and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid an allegation of sexual misconduct, Politico reported Tuesday.

Cooper continued to press Banks on their demands for an FBI investigation, asking whether under any circumstances Ford would attend a Senate hearing on Monday.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge said he does not remember Kavanaugh acting "in the manner Dr. Ford describes".

President Donald Trump, who picked Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge in Washington, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, voiced his continuing support. A lawyer for Ford has not returned multiple requests for comment.

"He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films", Anita Hill testified more than two decades ago when the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas. Now [Feinstein has] talked to [Blasey Ford] and got her to agree to come forward publicly.

Kavanaugh responded through the White House with a categorical denial. She once said that members of the Trump administration who lie for the president have "sold their souls".

Psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford says she was just 15 years old when a stumbling drunk 17-year-old Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a pool party in 1982. In the article, she alleged that at a party during their high school years, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with his friend Mark Judge, attempted to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. More importantly, Republicans want him confirmed before November's elections in the off chance that Democrats take control of the Senate.

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