Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Jeff Flake: Kavanaugh Accuser 'Must Be Heard'

Washington Post: Kavanaugh accuser comes forward Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify, her attorney says; judge...
Leonard Rios | 18 September, 2018, 12:17

"These are serious allegations that need to be looked at closely by the committee before any other action is taken", Blunt said.

All that said, perhaps we should hold Kavanaugh to his own standards, when he wrote the following as justification for asking Bill Clinton questions like "If Monica Lewinsky says that you ejaculated in her mouth on two occasions in the Oval Office, would she be lying?" "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making the accusation until she identified herself yesterday".

Grassley, R-Iowa, plans to start with follow-up calls to Kavanaugh and Ford, rather than calling on the woman to testify before the committee, a spokesman for Grassley said Monday morning. Notes from the therapist obtained by the Post show that Ford mentioned an incident with boys from "from an elitist boys' school", but do not single out Kavanaugh by name. Then, the week before the committee was set to vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate for confirmation, Feinstein announced she has referred the letter to the FBI for a criminal investigation against Kavanaugh.

The California senator said in a statement after Ford went public that she backs her decision to tell about the alleged incident and hopes "the attacks and shaming of her will stop and this will be treated with the seriousness it deserves".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, tweeted Monday that Kavanaugh and Ford "should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono and Connecticut Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, Ind., and Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., also called for slowing the process.

Bruce said that Feinstein waited to reveal the letter until Democrats' other efforts at stalling or preventing Kavanaugh's confirmation failed.

The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

"Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton", the letter says. "This has not changed".

Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public.

Mr. Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest people" anyone has ever known in response to reporters' question about him. "They say this is someone who can be used even if he's problematic, even if he in their mind has sinned, that he can still be someone who puts forth policies that can help people's lives".

Trumps Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh accused of ‘sexual assault
And of course, the White House has responded by sending out letters from women who knew Kavanaugh in high school. It's a true "she said, he said" - or, rather, "they said", since two people deny this incident ever happened.

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Not to mention, we don't need to rely exclusively on Ford's testimony to paint a picture of Brett Kavanaugh's youth as that of a drunken misogynist, further calling into question whether this was an isolated incident. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". This isn't about Kavanaugh's character or his fitness for the Supreme Court.

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students in high school. There, according to the account, Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and groped her while attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothes she was wearing over it.

During the NBC interview, Katz characterized Kavanaugh's actions as "attempted rape", adding that her client feels "that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford said.

Citing unreleased records from Kavanaugh's official work over the years, Democrats have called for a delay in considering his nomination.

"To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

"I don't know if that's fair", Durbin, a Judiciary Committee member, said on CNN.

Democrats, however, rejected the private interviews and want the FBI to investigate the allegations as park of the judge's background investigation. "Once the Federal Bureau of Investigation has completed its independent work, we hope that we can work together in a bipartisan manner to decide on next steps".

A lawyer who's close to the White House told Politico the president is not considering withdrawing Kavanaugh's nomination.

"However, I grew up hearing stories like hers, and believe her completely".

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