Precautions were taken to ensure that Blasey Ford’s identity would remain confidential: Only Eshoo herself and one senior aide in her office were fully aware of the details of the matter. “No, actually Republicans-everybody was screaming at the Republican Party 24 hours ago that they needed to give her a hearing”, he added. “She is not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday”.
Anita Hill came forward in 1991 to say that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.
She said: “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing”.
Flake said this despite a previous statement that he would vote “no” if Ford didn’t get a chance to testify first.
But this week she has rebuffed Judiciary Committee efforts to schedule a call with investigators and has rejected offers for an open or closed hearing or to have investigators meet her in person in California. “The invitation for Monday still stands”. Maybe Ford forgot that she had mentioned it to a high-school friend, though?
“Nor is it tasked with investigating a matter simply because the Committee deems it important”.
Zero: That’s how many women sit among the panel’s Republicans, who will cross-examine Ford.
While Kavanaugh’s accuser has spoken of her desire for the FBI to investigate the alleged crime, Trump has stated that it’s not something they should be involved in. She invited Feinstein to discuss the letter with her.
Blasey Ford says she’s certain Kavanaugh was at the party and that he did assault her. Was there a Kavanaugh doppelganger moving in the same social circles at the time? Kavanaugh has denied the charges.
Kavanaugh says the allegation is false. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone. Whelan also made a point of reminding his readers that lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee is a federal offense. Ford’s legal team has insisted that the FBI investigate her charges before she appear, to ensure that there is a fuller set of shared facts to operate from as the foundation for a fair hearing.
“I have serious reservations regarding the questionable timing and handling of this last-minute allegation”, Hyde-Smith said in a statement.
“She is prepared to cooperate with the committee and with any law enforcement investigation”, she added.
Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced. “We’ve held up the whole hearing”, Trump told reporters. Indeed, Weiner pointed out that process could actually end up providing information that casts doubt on Ford’s claim.
“We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this hearing”.
Ford told The Washington Post that she had told no one about the incident until she attended therapy sessions with her husband in 2010, thirty years later.
If Ford’s lawyers are insisting on an FBI investigation in the hopes of finding some corroborating evidence of a decades-old alleged crime, that’s again understandable, but highly unlikely to happen. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. This abuse must stop. And we want to get it over with. Only if the White House “demands it” will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. People that are fairly respected in their corner of the political world.
And Ford’s lawyer told NPR this week that the party occurred in the summertime.
The rapid-fire response sparked a flare of tweets, including from actresses and liberal activists Debra Messing and Patricia Arquette, questioning how anyone could line up so many high school pals so quickly to speak up for someone they didn’t actually go to school with. “We should proceed as planned”.