Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Dianne Feinstein: 'Entire country is watching' GOP handling of Blasey Ford

Dianne Feinstein: 'Entire country is watching' GOP handling of Blasey Ford

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday held a hearing on Capitol Hill to investigate sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Thursday's hearing was a critical moment for the Me Too movement, hinging on whether USA politicians believe women like Blasey and Kavanaugh's other alleged victims, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick; whether allegations of sexual assault can or should affect a Supreme Court confirmation; whether speaking out against powerful men is worth the inevitable backlash. "The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford said, referring to Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who she says was in the room.

The White House issued an emphatic denial by Kavanaugh responding to Swetnick's allegation.

Earlier two women - Christine Ford and Deborah Ramirez - came out publicly alleging that they were sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh 36 and 25 years ago respectively.

The president also argued that Ramirez "has nothing" against Kavanaugh because "She was totally messed up". She identified two students she thought might have been eyewitnesses. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace". She told a therapist.

Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear before Senate Judiciary Committee to present his case.

Who is the Arizona prosecutor chosen to question Kavanaugh and his accuser?
Few could argue with Grassley's claim that Mitchell, a registered Republican, boasts a wealth of experience. The Republican members all ceded their time for questions to Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, the Supreme Court nominee said that he never sexually assaulted anyone and was a virgin through high school and for "many years after". He unequivocally denied all of the allegations, testifying that there was not a kernel of truth in any of these allegations.

Rep. Anna Eshoo represents California's 18th congressional district and was the first member of Congress to hear Ford's story. Kavanaugh and his friends denied they were there.

"Has anyone come forward to say to you, "Hey, remember, I was the one that drove you home"?" Ford said she called Eshoo's office on July 6 because Eshoo is her congressional representative.

"It's happened to me many times", Trump said, claiming he'd been accused - falsely - by "four or five women".

"This is not a trial for Dr. Ford", Feinstein said.

Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when both were Yale freshmen. And in the most lurid allegation yet, Julie Swetnick of Washington said in a sworn statement released Wednesday that Kavanaugh took part in efforts during high school to get girls intoxicated so that a group of boys could have sex with them.

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