The woman who accused U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual assault wants her allegations to be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before she appears before a Senate committee considering his nomination, one of her lawyers said on Tuesday.
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) listens during a markup hearing September 13 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Feinstein has demanded that the confirmation vote be postponed until the FBI investigates claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Donald Trump defended Brett Kavanaugh on Monday afternoon in a session with reporters in the wake of the sexual assault allegations launched at his SCOTUS nominee.
Ford's challenge also evoked the 1991 battle over the Republican nomination of Clarence Thomas, now the court's most conservative justice. "What we're saying is there should be an investigation because that's the right thing to do". He has denied the California college professor's accusation that he assaulted her at a party in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., when he was 17 and she was 15. Judge, the friend who was allegedly involved in the incident, spoke to The Weekly Standard before Ford came forward publicly, and said: "It's just absolutely nuts".
Politico reported on Tuesday that Bush said he and his wife, Laura, "have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades". By the time he testified in a second round of hearings, following Hill, he said, "From my standpoint, as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas".
Ford's attorney said Monday that her client would be open to "a fair proceeding" and testify. "There was a witness there - and that was this fellow (Mark) Judge".
"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this", Trump said during the joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Democrats will use Monday's hearing as a political spectacle to coax Mr. Kavanaugh into looking defensive or angry, and to portray Republicans as anti-women. The least we can do is hear what she has to say - and how Kavanaugh responds. "So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"
Grassley said Tuesday that he will invite only two witnesses to the hearing to testify before the committee next Monday: Kavanaugh and his accuser Ford. Party leaders made that concession under pressure from senators demanding that the nominee and his accuser give public, sworn testimony before any vote on Trump's nominee.
Sen. Feinstein held onto the letter and revealed it after Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings had ended.
Once nominated, high-court nominees customarily make pro forma rounds of Senate offices and then retreat beyond public view, to be drilled by tough-minded interrogators preparing them for searing Judiciary Committee hearings and last-minute vulnerabilities.
If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.
The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime". The first was that he made clear that he doubts Christine Blasey Ford's allegation - by casting Kavanaugh as the victim. Dean Heller is in a hard fight for re-election, his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, used the allegation against Kavanaugh to stoke doubt about Heller's judgment. What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?