High school attended by Kavanaugh’s accuser comes out in support of her

Clay Curtis
September 18, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser deserves to have her story heard, Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley said in a Monday statement. Hatch also said of Ford that "there's some question whether she's mixed up" in her account of the alleged incident.

Grassley made no mention of a public hearing for either party to address the allegation.

Moderate senators from both parties had argued that Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford should be given the chance to testify before the panel.

Claire McCaskill, a Democrat senator from a Republican-leaning state of Missouri, said: "I am deeply troubled by these allegations". After his confirmation, in an ABC News / Washington Post poll, 62% of Americans said Thomas should have been confirmed compared to 34% who said he should not.

In the interview, Ford says she didn't reveal what had happened until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed.

Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this later week and a Republican on the closely divided panel said he was "not comfortable" voting on the nomination without first hearing from the accuser. Kavanaugh has responded in a statement Monday by saying he is also willing to testify under oath. She did not announce what the accusations against him are or who is making them.

McCaskill's GOP opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said in a statement late Monday that he was concerned that "Feinstein and the Democrats waited until the last hour to bring this 30-year old allegation to light". During all that time, "they did not raise it", he said in a Senate floor speech.

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Republican leadership on the Judiciary Committee have questioned the timing of the revelation of Ford's letter and her allegation, coming just as the committee was preparing to vote on the nomination on Thursday.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway said in an interview with Fox News.

Mr Trump's nomination of Mr Kavanaugh revived the pain of the memory, she said, prompting her to approach Democratic lawmakers with her allegations in July.

"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.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post. "And Brett Kavanaugh got on top of her on the bed, pushed her down on the bed on her back, began groping at her, trying to take off her clothes". "They should be examined thoroughly and fairly by the Judiciary Committee without any artificial timeline", said McCaskill, who has spent years advocating for legislation to combat sexual assault on college campuses, in the military and at government agencies.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

But my gut still tells me President Trump will not pull it down, for fear of losing his chance of filling the Supreme Court vacancy until after the midterm elections, and for fear that Republicans could lose control of the Senate in those elections, which would colossally complicate the Republican dream of a solid five-member conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

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