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

Third Person that Kavanaugh Accuser Claims Was at Party Denies Incident

Third Person that Kavanaugh Accuser Claims Was at Party Denies Incident

Her lawyers said Tuesday night that Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim first before any Senate hearing. But he did not signal that he might fire the former Alabama GOP senator.

But Ford's red line about handing this over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation first thrusts Senate Republicans onto thin ice in an already extremely delicate situation: Do they proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination if she won't play by their rules, as some were threatening to do, and risk making it look more like they aren't taking her accusation seriously?

In the Senate, the issue of when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women.

John Decker: "To that end, what would be the problem with the FBI reopening their background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh?" Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. "In some ways, she's a professional truth teller".

Kavanaugh's hearings with the Senate Judiciary Committee, which initially concluded earlier this month, are set to resume on Monday as the body grapples with the claim. "But now, at the 11th hour, with committee votes on the schedule, after Democrats have spent weeks and weeks searching for any possible reason that the nomination should be delayed-now they choose to introduce this allegation". The Senate must confirm nominees to lifetime posts on the Supreme Court.

"I think he's an extraordinary man".

Thirty-five-year-old Karis Reeves, a Republican-leaning professional from Arizona, said he supported Kavanaugh's nomination, but added he wasn't "informed enough" and that the timing of the sexual misconduct allegation was "conspicuous". But in the days since she publicly accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party 35 years ago, the lawyers said, she has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats". "This is a situation that is stacked. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching and studying, the Democrats Playbook".

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"No one believes you", read one message Ford received, a source close to her told the newspaper.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", Grassley wrote, noting that members of the committee's staff are conducting an investigation and would be willing to speak to Ford at any time or place. She is a moderate Republican whose vote could be crucial to Kavanaugh's chances for Senate confirmation. "The invitation for Monday (Sept. 24) still stands". And we want to get it over with.

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said yesterday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.

That the committee "still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that surface during a confirmation hearing suggests that the committee has learned little from the Thomas hearing", she concluded, "much less the more recent #MeToo movement".

"We will not sit by and let Republicans use this hearing to attack, undermine and shame Ford", declared UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas. The Supreme Court nominee denies committing the assault that Ford described.

This is in keeping with what Carlson said - that it's on the White House to request the FBI investigation in this case.

Clinton said that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.

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