The lawyers said that California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford “would be prepared to testify next week”, as long as the lawmakers offered “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety”, news outlets reported.
Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland, an allegation Kavanaugh called “completely false”. “George H.W. Bush requested that the F.B.I. look into her claims, and they did”, Mystal wrote.
Kavanaugh flatly denied Ford’s allegations: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I remain committed to defending my integrity”.
The furious jockeying over Ford’s testimony underscores the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of the House and the Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the high court for decades. He also named and posted photos of the classmate he suggested could be responsible.
Mr. Gensheimer, who has known Ms. Blasey Ford for more than eight years, said her story about Judge Kavanaugh rings true.
“I think it’s a very sad situation”. The Constitution assigns the Senate, and only the Senate, with the task of advising the President on his nominee and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit.
They want her allegations to be investigated by the U.S. government before she appears for a hearing in Congress.
There have been other issues with this confirmation process, too, DaCosta said, including the tens of thousands of pages of documents about Kavanaugh that were released to senators the night before his confirmation hearings began.
Grassley also asked Feinstein to send him a copy of the original, unredacted letter from Ford. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?
They asked to hold discussions with the committee to set up a new date and conditions for the hearing.
Like Bozell, Republicans on Capitol Hill have said that Feinstein should have brought the information to the panel earlier. Democrats have said there is no need to rush and that the allegations should be fully considered. She must have resolved to testify this past weekend, with the last few days of will-she-or-won’t-she drama little more than a PR play to frame the upcoming hearing as unfair no matter what happens.
Forging ahead with a hearing next week without allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation an opportunity to conduct additional interviews and collect evidence would be yet another abuse of power by the Republican majority during the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
However, there is no evidence that Ford’s decision to come forward with her allegation against Kavanaugh is connected to her parents’ foreclosure proceeding in the 1990s.
Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told Democrats on the committee Wednesday that he had no further patience for delays in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. She identified four people as being at the party, including Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, but “none of the four lived in the vicinity of the Columbia Country Club”, Whelan tweeted.
Demonstrators gathered in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington DC on September 20 to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. John Cornyn said to the network.
While most Republicans have expressed support for Kavanaugh, they’ve largely been careful to not criticize Ford’s assertions about what she says happened. Colleagues there have described her to news reporters as reserved.