Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her in the early 1980s during a party while they were in high school.
Third, as long as Ford’s counsel want to talk about regular, independent investigations, we should note that there is not a police organization in America that would entertain her allegation, in light of the lapse of time and the long-ago exhaustion of the statute of limitations.
Minutes after Trump’s tweet on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell played verbal hardball of his own, drawing a standing ovation when he assured a gathering of evangelical activists that the conservative Kavanaugh would soon be a justice. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations. Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested. The committee has also invited Kavanaugh to testify on Monday.
Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn’t speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the incident, which allegedly occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school.
Van Pelt said her organization “supports Dr. Ford as she seeks an appropriate and serious hearing”.
“Because of the trauma suffered by sexual abuse victims, many sexual abuse victims can not inform their parents and people close to them about the sexual abuse until much later in life, never mind strangers such as law enforcement authorities”, Garabedian said.
Ford’s lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday, where the accused nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give his side of the story.
Bozell said she wanted to see Ford testify on Capitol Hill and that if she won’t do so voluntarily, she should be subpoenaed.
“The President can pretend like [Ford’s] credibility rests on her reporting, but it doesn’t”, Bruno says.
In light of the recent allegations made against Kavanaugh and what you previously knew of him, do you think he should sit on the Supreme Court?
Why did you make that decision? “This is nothing, it didn’t happen, and he didn’t rape me”. Trump tweeted this morning. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of NY at a press conference with Ford supporters from her former high school on Thursday.
Attorney Debra Katz (pictured above) said anew that Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.
GOP senators who’d voiced concern about Ford’s charges had stopped short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh, and growing numbers of Republicans said it was about time to vote.
Ford’s attorneys have said that she has received death threats which prompted her family to flee their home, adding that they notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the threats.
Equally troubling is the White House’s failure to direct the FBI to investigate Dr Ford’s accusation.
The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford’s letter to Kavanaugh’s file.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed a growing number of Americans opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination. Resentments go back decades to the Democrats’ attack on Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork in 1987, with skirmishes turning to all-out political and procedural war over high court nominees at the end of the Obama administration, when Republicans declined to take up the nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court.
Palo Alto University issued a statement supporting Ford.
Ford’s attorneys want Ford to testify after Kavanaugh, not appear in the same room as him and face no questioning by outside attorneys.
Meanwhile, some are not so sure they can trust Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, despite her latest remarks. The FBI would not have jurisdiction in the case at the time of the alleged assault.
“What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job”, Sen.