USA high court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify, lawyer says

Clay Curtis
September 18, 2018

While the idea of Democrats winning a majority of seats in the Senate still seems like a long shot, Schumer said on "The View" Monday: "I think we have a very, very, very good chance of taking back the House, but here's the real surprise: We have a much better chance of taking back the Senate than anybody ever imagined".

Lawyer Debra Katz, who is representing Ford, said her client was willing to testify about her allegation before the Senate panel. While there is a groundswell of support for Ford on social media, it is disheartening that the way we treat victims has not changed in the 27 years since Anita Hill accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

President Trump on Monday (Tuesday NZT) told reporters that "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay" to vet the allegations against Kavanaugh, who is now a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

'I couldn't believe that these allegations had come out when I had been at the hearings for a couple of days and we just watched woman after woman come forward praising Brett and his respect for women and his professionalism and his kindness towards them and then this at the last minute came out.

Conway said if Ford is heard by the committee, her testimony "has to be weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of character and integrity".

Ford alleges a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.

With Mr Kavanaugh's once-safe nomination for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court now appearing in jeopardy, the conservative federal appeals court judge had meetings at the White House and issued a fresh denial calling the assault allegation "completely false".

The Senator received a letter from 65 women who claim to have known Kavanaugh in high school from 1979 to 1983 at Georgetown Prep.

The Senate Judiciary Committee said it would reopen its hearings next Monday when Mr Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault would be able to testify publicly. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

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A girlfriend from high school, Maura Kane, said she has been friends with Kavanaugh for over 30 years.

Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford added.

McConnell says he has "great confidence" in the Senate Judiciary Committee's GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley, who has said he will seek interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

"It was that women were looking to the Senate Judiciary Committee and his leadership to really open the way to have these kinds of hearings", Hill said. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new.

Sen. Jeff Flake, another Republican on the committee, went further, saying he would not vote to approve Kavanaugh without first hearing from Ford.

Following Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court, 51-year-old college professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward saying the judge attacked her and attempted to rape her at a party when he was 17 and she was 15.

The Judiciary Committee had been scheduled to vote Thursday on Kavanaugh's appointment.

"She's now going to have to live with the tremendous efforts by people to annihilate her and to try to discredit her", Katz told CNN. She said she had spoken with a number of USA senators including Republican Lindsey Graham about the matter.

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