18 September, 2018
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Monday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh categorically denied allegations that he committed sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s - and told the senator he was not at a party similar to what his accuser described. Chuck Grassley, the chair of the panel, asking him to delay a Thursday confirmation vote for Kavanaugh after a California professor claimed in a Washington Post story on Sunday that Kavanaugh sexually attacked her in 1982 during a high school party.
A spokesperson for Senator Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, said he was "actively working" to set up bipartisan calls to Mr Kavanaugh and his accuser, Mrs Ford, as a result of the allegations.
In a statement on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false". Ford said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth his his hand when she attempted to scream.
The White House said Monday that they were willing to listen to Ford's allegations after she identified herself over the weekend.
"For too long, when woman (sic) have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored", the New York Democrat said. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, was trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen. According to the Post, she contacted the publication's tip line as Kavanaugh was under consideration by President Donald Trump, and she later sent a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who forwarded it to Sen.
Four lawyers who used to work for Democratic Senators are accusing Brett Kavanaugh of making "many misleading and false statements" during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and they claim they're certain he wasn't telling the truth because they were there during a key period in Kavanaugh's career. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her. Judge has denied that the incident happened.
Her attorney, Debra Katz, told CNN on Monday morning that Ford would be willing to testify before Congress and stood by her story in the face of expected push-back.
Trump Jr's dismissal of the allegations against Kavanaugh as both a smear campaign and as mere youthful tomfoolery has become a common reaction on the right across social media yesterday into today.
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"It seemed like a lot of times the staff was cooperating at times ... about judicial nominations", Kavanaugh said at his recent hearing. Heitkamp, who's facing a challenge from Cramer this fall, has not said how she'll vote.
Grassley said that so far, the Judiciary committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, has refused to help schedule telephone interviews. If the Committee does end up voting in Kavanaugh's favor, the nomination would then go before the full Senate.
Those looking to how the public received Hill's accusations against Thomas in hopes that Kavanaugh will still prevail may see a good sign in that the percentage of Americans supporting his nomination did not drop after Hill's allegations and testimony.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told the paper. It does not appear the Senate Judiciary Committee is willing to allow that to happen.
In the wake of the explosive accusation, three Senate Republicans-senators Jeff Flake, Bob Corker and Lisa Murkowski -and a slew of Democrats have said the Senate Judiciary Committee should delay the vote.
However, Feinstein is now calling for an FBI investigation before Kavanaugh is confirmed.
"If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled", Graham, a committee member, said in a statement.