Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser 'needs more time'

Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser 'needs more time'

Grassley, a Republican, sent a letter on Wednesday to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

"Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections", Sen.

Prof Ford, a psychology lecturer in California, has accused Mr Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly trying to remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both teenagers in a Washington DC suburb.

Republicans have rejected her request to bring in the FBI, saying the Judiciary Committee can do its own investigation.

But top Republicans, including some who have expressed concern about Kavanaugh in light of the allegations, are indicating that they plan to vote on President Donald Trump's second nominee to the nation's high court if Ford doesn't appear before the panel on Monday.

Later on Wednesday, Grassley wrote to the senior Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein, requesting she immediately provide an unredacted copy of the letter Ford sent her in July about the assault allegation, saying he must review it before Monday's hearing.

Hirono spoke at an event on Capitol Hill to highlight a letter of support that was said to have been signed by more than 1,000 alumni of Ford's high school in Maryland. "They have until this Friday at 10:00 a.m.to let us know whether they are coming", he said. Kavanaugh, now a judge on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has repeatedly denied her allegation. Multiple news reports on Thursday indicated a female special counsel was being considered to questioning Ford instead of the committee.

Kavanaugh flatly denied Ford's allegations: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". Kavanaugh wrote to Grassley in a letter released by the White House that he looks forward to testifying.

If Ford agrees to appear, it would set the stage for a potentially explosive hearing just weeks before congressional elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault. Those are routine calls taken by staff, but other calls have been threatening.

But setting all that aside, why would a victim of an attempted rape demand an FBI investigation as a prerequisite to tell a Senate committee what happened to her?

Ford's lawyers talked to Judiciary Committee staff on Thursday night, a committee spokesman said without giving details. The Gateway Pundit's story - which falsely claimed "Judge Kavanaugh's mother foreclosed on Christine Blasey Ford's parents' home" - was shared on social media pages with a combined following of more than 3 million, according to data from CrowdTangle.

"We work really hard to get elected", Hirono said.

Around the time of Moore's defense, a viral post by a former student at Georgetown Prep-where both Kavanaugh and Ford attended-blasted Mark Judge, the friend Ford says was present during the alleged incident, calling him out for smearing victims of child abuse. "That's what I call hijacking the regular committee process to accommodate political interests".

The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens says she is willing to testify about the incident if a number of terms are met. "This strikes us as simply a check-the-box exercise in a rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

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