Kavanaugh Vote Faces Potential Delay As GOP Plans Investigation Of Assault Claims

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Trump defends Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegation

20 September, 2018

She alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. He said Democrats never raised it throughout the several days of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing that he said included "sometimes freaky innuendo".

Sharon Crouch Clark didn't know Ford and feels fine about having signed the letter, notwithstanding the allegation.

Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in. On Monday, his spokesman, Bill Russo, said Biden "believes Professor Ford deserves a fair and respectful hearing of her allegations, and that the Committee should undertake a thorough and non-partisan effort to get to the truth, wherever it leads".

Ford said she was reluctant to come forward until reporters began contacting her. Kavanaugh, she told the Post, pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s and tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

"A lawyer close to the White House said the nomination will not be withdrawn", tweeted Carrie Budoff Brown yesterday.

Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegations, and Ford said she did not speak about the incident for years.

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Collins, one of the key swing votes in the confirmation process, noted that Ford wrote her letter in July but the allegations only came out last week, after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings concluded. "If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay".

In the end, "I doubt very seriously any minds will be changed by this", says Ross Baker, a political scientist and expert on the Senate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. But from the beginning, he's been clear that there's little reason to believe a woman who brings charges against a well-respected conservative judge. "This woman will be heard".

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US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said he would be willing to "refute" a sexual assault allegation before a Senate panel.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lauded Grassley for planning to handle the episode "by the book", including bipartisan interviews of Kavanaugh and Ford.

Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL, said that the Judiciary Committee that is overseeing Kavanaugh's nomination is not in a position to obtain a credible denial from the nominee in the face of Ford's allegation. "I never saw Brett act that way". "Many of us are survivors ourselves".

"I join my fellow Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee to demand that any votes on this nomination be delayed until a nonpartisan evaluation is complete".

"I agree with Sen".

The result is that our articles are reaching fewer people at a time when we need genuinely independent news more than ever. He said the normal process for digesting late-breaking information would involve phone calls with "at least" Kavanaugh and Ford. Ford told The Washington Post that she thought it happened in the summer of 1982, when she would have been 15 and the newspaper said Kavanaugh would have been 17. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". Dianne Feinstein (D-California), an opponent of Kavanaugh's nomination who sits on the Judiciary Committee. But faced with a growing Me Too movement, they are also sensitive about appearances. "Countless women have attested to his exemplary personal and professional character throughout his life", said Severino. Even if Democrats peel off the one Republican vote to not recommend Kavanaugh to the full Senate, Republicans have another option.

The allegation now threatens to inject a potentially heated "he said-she said" battle into the looming midterm congressional elections, with Republican control of the House of Representatives and the Senate at stake.

Ford came forward to the Post on Sunday, attaching her name to the anonymous allegation. "It was something that she struggled with mightily".

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