Brett Kavanaugh was unfit to serve before these latest allegations, now there can be no question that he must not serve on the highest court in the land.
On Saturday night, Leland Ingham Keyser, a classmate of Ford’s at the all-girls school Holton-Arms and her final named witness, denied any recollection of attending a party with Brett Kavanaugh.
“Following Dr. Ford’s testimony, Judge Kavanaugh will appear again before the committee”, according to a statement from the committee.
Both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, after a tense week of Democrat stall tactics and odd negotiations.
Among the issues still being ironed out are how long senators will have to ask questions, the person said. If she would not, then Grassley would hold the confirmation vote this Monday.
Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford’s allegation came to light on September 13, when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee. “. [T] here is no legitimate basis for you to continue blocking the FBI from investigating this important matter”.
The brinkmanship over whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee has come to a standstill, for now.
He expressed confidence that Republicans “will manage this confirmation properly with the utmost respect for all concerned” and said he expected Mr Kavanaugh to join the high court soon.
Patience among Republicans was running thin. The committee still has to decide whether Kavanaugh is fit to become President Donald Trump’s second appointee to the Supreme Court.
Feinstein also said it was not the time for politics, writing “It is time to set politics aside”.
Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford’s requests have been “reasonable” and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are “serious” enough to vote down Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
The lawyers say they are “hopeful that we can reach agreement on details” of Ford’s appearance. “It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive”, Grassley said. “But, with all of that being said, we want to go through the process”.
“I remember a penis being in front of my face”, she said. I hope you understand. Grassley had granted Ford five deadline extensions before both parties agreed on a hearing.
Grassley agreed to several items, including postponing the hearing by three days, ensuring Ford’s safety, and not having Kavanaugh in the same room during her testimony.
Ford identified one other witness, Mark Judge, in a September 16 Washington Post article where she first told her story.
“Republican committee staff told Ford’s attorneys that they would be unwilling to accept what they characterized as a “demand” that only senators be permitted to ask questions of the witnesses”. Meanwhile, the committee’s 11 Republicans – all men – have been seeking an outside female attorney to interrogate Ford, mindful of the election-season impression that could be left by men trying to pick apart a woman’s assertion of a sexual attack.
A rival framework for considering the Kavanaugh nomination, also has some problems, though: the idea that this is a job application, and thus the senators can reject Kavanaugh even on the slightest suspicion of wrongdoing.
The choice of a new justice for the Supreme Court is pivotal, as it often gives the final word on highly contentious laws, with an enormous impact on U.S. public life.