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

Missouri senators want review of claims against Kavanaugh

Missouri senators want review of claims against Kavanaugh

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault more than three decades ago, Christine Blasey Ford, will both testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 24.

Baldwin, in a message Monday on Twitter, called Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh "deeply disturbing, serious and credible". Ford has also said she would be willing to testify. Kavanaugh denies the claim, calling it "completely false".

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement. She told the Post she was afraid Kavanaugh might "inadvertently kill" her during a party in the early 1980s, alleging that the Supreme Court nominee pinned her to a bed and groped her over a one-piece bathing suit.

Kavanaugh later issued a fresh denial of the allegations, which have roiled his confirmation process, saying he is willing to talk to the committee in any way it "deems appropriate".

Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee which oversees judicial nominations, praised how the committee's chairman, U.S. Sen.

Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate, said he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh at present. Sen. But Democrats say staff calls are insufficient and want the proceedings postponed so the FBI can investigate.

A draft letter, appearing to be signed by more than 200 Holton-Arms alumnae from 1967 to 2018, called for an investigation into the allegation and called Ford's experience one that is "all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton".

Katz said Ford, who revealed her identity Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post after weeks of refusing to do so, believes "she would have been raped" by Kavanaugh had he not been drunk.

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FILE - In this December 8, 2017, file photo, Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment in Beverly Hills, Calif.

"I think he's on track, very much on track", Trump said.

Both Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before the panel, setting up a blockbuster event that could decide Kavanaugh's fate. If she were to vote against Kavanaugh, the opposition of another Republican could block his nomination.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) appeared to agree that a closer examination is needed, tweeting on Monday, "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee". She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, was seen arriving at the White House late Monday morning. "I spoke with the president, I spoke with Senator [Lindsey] Graham and others". On it, Trump can be heard boasting of grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission. Over the weekend, Ford came forward publicly in an interview with the Washington Post. Conway, though, noted that Ford's account, while it should be considered, should also be "weighed against" other evidence. The president praised Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known, and he called a question about whether Kavanaugh should withdraw "ridiculous". The accusations have thrown the timeline into doubt, however. "We need to delay the vote", Leahy said.

Why this matters: There are 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee and 10 Democrats, per Bloomberg reporter Laura Litvan. "Let's make very clear that these Democratic senators ... were not interested in Judge Kavnaugh's significant record, his character and integrity, as testified to by many women".

Katz tells ABC's "Good Morning America" the accuser is "willing to cooperate" with investigators and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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