Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Senator says committee should hear Kavanaugh accuser's side of story before vote

Senator says committee should hear Kavanaugh accuser's side of story before vote

"I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski make of the allegation of sexual assault lodged against the nominee 36 years after the "fact".

Anita Hill called on the federal government to implement a "fair and neutral" way to investigate sexual misconduct complaints after allegations surfaced against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week.

The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, told The Washington Post in her first interview that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party they attended in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Ford's husband also said that Ford specifically named Kavanaugh during therapy, and that she anxious he might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.

In an interview with The Post, Ford's husband said the incident she described in 2012 was the same one that would eventually be outlined in her letter. And the joy will be so much greater knowing that any and all objections to his confirmation, whether serious or spurious, were thoroughly raised, reviewed, and refuted, convincingly and completely. I assume she would be. Dianne Feinstein of California. Such testimony is risky and could build public sympathy for the accuser.

A full vote by the Senate is expected by the end of the month.

"Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him", she said.

Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination. Both have come under great pressure from pro-choice campaigners who fear that Kavanaugh would attempt to overturn the Roe v Wade 1973 decision that legalised abortion.

In late July, she sent a letter to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, her California congresswoman.

He stated: "If the committee is to hear from Ms Ford it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".

While Senate Democrats are again calling on Kavanaugh's vote to be delayed, the White House is also standing behind Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump tapped in July to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh has "categorically" denied the allegations, saying, "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

Ford alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her in high school, and recounted her story to The Washington Post.

"Brett Kavanaugh attempted rape NOonKAVANAUGH", Rosie O'Donnell tweeted.

The White House's response to the allegation raises the cultural stakes of the fight.

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens. It added the letter to Kavanaugh's file but has not opened a criminal investigation.

Feinstein said Sunday that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh before the committee moves forward with his nomination.

She believes that the incident occurred in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and going to an all-girls school in Bethesda, Md. After originally wanting to remain anonymous, the Post reported that Ford heard people "repeating inaccuracies about her" and "felt her privacy being chipped away", which led her to speak publicly.

"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post. Finally, the individual allegedly with Kavanaugh at the time, Mark Judge, who tried to vouch for him has actually undermined his defense.

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