Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

The View Clashes Over Kavanaugh Allegations: Timing of Letter is 'Very Political'

George W. Bush stands by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegation The View Clashes Over Kavanaugh Allegations: Timing of Letter is 'Very Political'
Charlie Simmons | 19 September, 2018, 20:33

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis is blaming Democrats for mishandling allegations raised against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. The parallels are eerie: A Supreme Court nominee and last-minute bombshell allegations of sexual misconduct from a female college professor. "It's a process, speaking for all of the Republicans, we want to give everybody a chance to say what they want to say". For some, the short-term political pain might be an acceptable tradeoff for a generation of conservative control on the nation's high court.

Banks said Ford was not motivated by politics but ultimately chose to provide her account "so that those making a very important decision can make an informed decision with all the facts". Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh and his friend pushed her into a bedroom during a party and that Kavanaugh then forcibly pinned her down on a bed and tried to pull off her clothes. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it "completely false".

"Dr Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said in a statement. And that's several degrees more serious. "I applaud Christine Blasey Ford for her courage in coming forward", he wrote. The reaction came as her Democratic challenger, Jennifer Wexton, tweeted: "This is bigger than our politics and will impact whether victims can trust Congress". "I do not know this woman".

Prof Ford's legal team say they have written to Senate Judiciary Committee declining its offer to testify.

Thomas won confirmation by a vote of 52 to 48, with 11 Democrats supporting him in a Senate they controlled.

"Either they don't take this seriously", she said, "or. they just want to get it over".

Some Democrats are using the development to go on offense. The others are Nevada Sen.

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"I would also note that she has medical records that corroborate these allegations that far predate Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination", Banks added in her Morning Edition interview, referring to notes from a 2012 couples therapy session, which the Post reviewed.

Heller said last week he had "no reservations" about voting to confirm Kavanaugh.

Heller is the most vulnerable of the three and the National Abortion Rights Action League wasted no time Monday in increasing the pressure on Heller to oppose Kavanaugh. "But she's been asking for the opportunity to be heard and she is going to be given the opportunity to be heard Monday", he said.

Ford's attorneys argue that an investigation is necessary so that "the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions".

Politico contacted the two women who still firmly stand beside Kavanaugh. "So it kind of raises the question.do they want to come to (the) publichearing or not?"

A cautious Indiana Sen. "Doing so would not only signal that sexual assault accusations are not important - hastily appraising this situation would very likely lead to facts being overlooked that are necessary for the Senate and the public to evaluate". In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released Judge's statement after the committee's staff reached out to him about testifying in front of a Senate panel.

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