Brett Kavanaugh Accuser & Anita Hill Head To Emmys, In Name At Least

Clay Curtis
September 18, 2018

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement.

A senior White House official on Monday said the bombshell accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a political attempt to "torpedo" the judge's confirmation.

Until Monday, Trump had remained silent about the allegations against Kavanaugh. Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S.

The hearing will happen on Monday.

After the GOP statement was released, Senate Democrats called for the committee vote on Kavanaugh to be postponed.

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question during a meeting of the President's National Council of the American Worker in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 17, 2018, in Washington.

The president explained that he wants to see a complete process for Kavanaugh.

Bloomberg News' Laura Litvan reports that Hatch was then asked how he would feel about Kavanaugh's nomination if it turned out that the allegations were true, and Hatch replied that "if that were true, I think it would be hard for senators not to consider who he is today".

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known".

In a statement on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false". She said she had spoken with a number of US senators including Republican Lindsey Graham about the matter.

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Kavanaugh flatly denied the accusation and was, according to the White House, ready to testify "tomorrow" in his defence.

Kavanaugh had been a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone.

Katz told ABC's Good Morning America her client is "willing to co-operate" with investigators and the Senate's judiciary committee. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband.

She also said she could not recall whether she had contact with the accuser after receiving her letter.

Shortly before Grassley's announcement, the senator said there would be private, telephone interviews of Kavanaugh and Ford conducted by committee staffers. Even if Democrats are able to wrest control of the chamber in the elections November 6, Republicans would still have an opportunity to confirm a high court nominee in the post-election "lame-duck" session at the end of this year. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate. Critics have accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term. Democrats rejected that plan, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation.

The accusation has raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending Mr Trump's nominee ahead of mid-term elections. She says both Kavanaugh and Judge were "stumbling drunk", and Judge eventually jumped on top of both of them, allowing her to struggle free and lock herself in the bathroom until the boys left.

Earlier this summer, Palo Alto University Professor Christine Ford penned a letter recounting an incident that purportedly happened while at a high school party in the 1980s.

Instead, Grassley had said he'd seek telephone interviews with Kavanaugh and Ford, winning plaudits from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for planning to handle the episode "by the book". Patty Murray, D-Washington, said recently on Twitter that she first ran for the Senate "after my daughter and I watched Anita Hill being grilled by an all-male Judiciary Committee that didn't look anything like me or so many others across the country and that wasn't asking the questions so many of us wanted asked".

Republicans, for their part, said Ms. Ford deserves to be heard - and said that's why they were so stunned at Ms. Feinstein's handling. Flake went as far as to say he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.

Evenly balanced for years, the court is expected to tilt decidedly conservative if Kavanaugh is approved, potentially threatening women's access to abortion, restrictions on presidential powers, and efforts to curb gun ownership. "The committee should postpone this week's vote", Sen.

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