Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser offers to testify to Senate

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

Ford has contended that at a house party in Washington's Maryland suburbs, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled. Ford's lawyers and committee staff were negotiating how she would testify. "Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.", Mr. Trump wrote.

Kavanaugh's nomination has been thrown into doubt by California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's allegations he sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied the claim.

As Brett Kavanaugh faces a sexual assault allegation that has rocked his nomination to be a Supreme Court justice, one Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has emerged as an outspoken critic against how Republicans are handling the issue: Hawaii Sen. Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm. They said her family had relocated.

It should be noted that those who are asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee generally don't get to negotiate the terms of their testimony.

Grassley says the right way to investigate Ford's case is with a hearing or an interview in which she tells her story and Kavanaugh then has the ability to respond.

Lawyer Debra Katz writes that Ford's "strong preference" remains a full investigation before she testifies.

"Since the moment I first heard the allegation", he said in a statement on Thursday, "I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".

The tone of the correspondence is markedly different from the heated rhetoric being employed by members of both parties on the Judiciary Committee, who have accused one another of mishandling Ford's allegations.

A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats. That's insane. Finally, prohibiting outside counsel from asking questions is a way of promoting grandstanding by senators, not of reaching the truth. Grassley has allowed Judge to testify unofficially, through the letter written by his attorney and released to the public. As CBS late-night star Stephen Colbert noted last night, that demand furthered the U.S. Senate's reputation for not caring what abused women have to say about Supreme Court nominees.

Instead she has sought to have the FBI investigate the incident as part of its official background check on the nominee.

But US President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have already ruled that out.

To Hannity, Trump called it a "very sad situation", characterizing Kavanaugh as an "outstanding person".

The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Speaking to conservatives Friday at the Family Research Council Values Voter Summit, McConnell bashed the former Obama administration, praised Trump and said the "stunningly successful" Kavanaugh would soon be on the Supreme Court. She asserted that Republicans are rushing to confirm Kavanaugh because the court's "session is going to start in October and the President wants his guy there to, he hopes, help him evade criminal or civil proceedings". "They have until this Friday at 10:00 a.m.to let us know whether they are coming", he said.

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