Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

"Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement".

Eshoo's statement doesn't refer to Ford by name. "She should not be insulted; she should not be ignored; she should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill".

Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media, and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas. "I believe this is a copy for full transparency", Trump Jr.

A Feinstein spokesman told CNN the letter was provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after leaks to the media about the matter had reached a "fever pitch", and the spokesman denied that the leaks came from the senator's office.

In the alleged assault, Ford claimed that Kavanaugh held her down on a bed in a locked room while he covered her mouth and tried to force himself on her. Mark Judge, a classmate of Kavanaugh's who Ford says was in the room when the attack happened, strongly denied witnessing at attempted assault. After they had gone, Ford left the party but is unable to recall how she got home.

Sen. John Cornyn said earlier in the day that the allegations should be "treated with the seriousness it deserves", though he refrained from saying that the confirmation hearing should be reopened, or the vote set for Thursday should be delayed.

He denies he was even at the 1982 high school party in question where his accuser, now a California psychology professor, says he tried to rape her as his friend watched.

Thomas, the second African-American nominated to the Supreme Court, denied the allegations and said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves".

Christine Blasey Ford grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and attended Holton-Arms School, a private preparatory school in Bethesda for girls in third through 12th grade.

A split over the nomination seemed to be emerging among the GOP.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said he would be willing to "refute" a sexual assault allegation before a Senate panel. Retiring Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a member of the Judiciary Committee, says he is not comfortable holding a vote until Ford's allegations are heard. Sen.

"If there is real substance to this, it demands a response", Murkowski said. A potential "no" vote from Mr Flake would complicate Mr Kavanaugh's prospects.

A Republican not on the committee, Sen.

After the Post's article went up, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement again questioning the timing of the accusations and why Sen.

Grassley said he was disappointed that Democrats - or Ford's attorney - had not come forward with the allegations sooner. Republicans want to stay on track - aiming for a confirmation vote before October 1, when the court begins its new term.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer took to the floor not long after to respond, calling again on the FBI to investigate the allegation and that there should be no vote into that is complete. The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid".

Ms. Feinstein's office said staff were in contact through August and made clear that Ms. Ford could come forward if she chose.

"As former staffers who were there at the time, we find this testimony preposterous", they wrote, describing how judicial nominations "were full-fledged and often bitter on both sides", so Democratic staff members would hardly be cooperative. When asked if Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, Trump replied that was a "ridiculous question".

Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.

Republicans say the allegations have already cast a shadow over Kavanaugh but that it does not appear to be enough to change the votes in the narrowly divided 51-49 Senate. Key will be the views of Sens. Testimony from both of them will not bring about flawless clarity either.

The White House has accused Feinstein, who revealed the letter's existence late last week, of mounting an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation".

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