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

Kavanaugh's accuser NOT ready to testify against Trump's supreme court nominee

Kavanaugh's accuser NOT ready to testify against Trump's supreme court nominee

"Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus joined a letter of support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault while they were both in high school. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford looks forward to working with you and the Committee.

The panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said he would postpone the vote and would now hold a hearing with both Kavanaugh and his accuser on Monday.

If he ordered such a review, it would be likely to delay a confirmation vote until after the election.

Earlier Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved to postpone the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, which had been scheduled for Thursday. Other Republicans are suggesting that Ford will have only this one opportunity to testify. "If they don't have a moral code of their own to determine right from wrong, then that's a problem". Diane Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Since Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, Democratic senators from states that Trump won in 2016 faced a dilemma.

Before news leaked of the hearing late yesterday, President Trump told reporters, "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay".

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips further, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.

Among the GOP defectors was Sen.

Judge on Tuesday afternoon issued a statement claiming he had no memory of the alleged incident and said he did not wish to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) went a step further, asking Grassley to allow Ford's counsel to cross examine Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh and Judge attended Georgetown Prep, an elite all-boys high school in the Washington, DC, area, during the 1980s. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that", the president said.

The Post reported that Ford is a registered Democrat who has made small contributions to political organizations.

"Were planning on a hearing Monday".

Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's plan was sufficient.

The editorial questions whether Ford actually was reluctant to come forward with her allegations - noting that she hired Katz, took a polygraph test, sent a letter to Feinstein about the alleged incident and contacted the Post's anonymous tip line. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat, said Judge is needed "specifically and personally as an eyewitness to the occurrence". The statement seemed to suggest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not now investigating it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Ford could testify privately or appear publicly before national television cameras.

On Monday, Trump defended his pick, dismissing any notion that Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein is playing a central role in the battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The White House stood by Kavanaugh but didn't go on the attack against his accuser.

Republican aides to the Judiciary Committee said that multiple dates and forums for testimony had been offered, and at no point was Grassley intending for Ford to share the witness table with Kavanaugh.

The charge against Kavanaugh has left Trump and his Republicans in the precarious position of having to reject Ford's accusation without alienating women voters ahead of the midterm polls in which the Republicans could lose control of Congress.

Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.

Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.

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