Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Colleagues Describe Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford as Honest and Rigorous

Colleagues Describe Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford as Honest and Rigorous

"If it's truly Senator Collins' intention to side with Brett Kavanaugh over Dr. Blasey Ford, she will never again be able to claim the mantle of an ally to women or survivors, and that is not something that women will ever forget-not next week, not next month, and not in 2020 when she's up for reelection", said Hogue.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to support his nominee, telling reporters outside the White House: "He is such an outstanding man, [it is] very hard for me to imagine anything happened".

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday.

Ford says she doesn't want to publicly testify until the Federal Bureau of Investigation adds to Kavanaugh's background check by investigating her allegation.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh".

"It's a process, and we all feel - speaking for all of the Republicans - we feel that we want to go through this process and we want to give everybody a chance to say what they have to say".

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President Trump said Wednesday that her performance in that hearing could determine whether he stands by his embattled nominee.

"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".

The disturbing accusations threw a wrench into Kavanaugh's confirmation to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, which initially appeared to be a slam dunk for Republicans. "I'm not being critical, I'm being factual when I say this is an 11th-hour allegation".

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in suburban Maryland.

"What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?" On Tuesday night, one of her attorneys, Lisa Banks, appeared on CNN. And since the hearing was scheduled, Republicans and Trump have increasingly rallied around Kavanaugh, insisting they will move forward with the confirmation process next week despite calls to delay the hearing. She declined to do this and is also demanding an FBI investigation into the incident before she testifies despite the FBI previously declining to investigate the incident. What about experts who can speak to the effects of this kind of trauma on a victim? Kirsten Gillibrand called the allegation "disqualifying" and said she believes Ford. She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to shout for help.

"She hardly expected to be revictimized and retraumatized", Hirono said. "Do the right thing, for a change". "I think he's on track, very much on track", Mr Trump said.

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