Continetti: It Was ‘Apparent’ Democrats Wanted to Delay Confirmation Hearings Past Election

Clay Curtis
September 22, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman whose accusation of sexual assault 36 years ago threatens to derail US President Donald Trump's conservative Supreme Court nominee, is now willing to testify in a showdown at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Can the Senate Judiciary Committee enlist the FBI to investigate the claims of sexual assault brought by an accuser against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court?

"Along with the comments from President Trump this morning, what we are seeing is exactly why it's so hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward, especially when they are traumatized teenagers as Dr. Ford was when this assault that she reports now happened", Hassan said.

The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file.

McConnell's comments are unhelpful to another key Republican senator in the process, one whose careful maneuvering of any hearing between Ford and Kavanaugh could make or break this delicate situation for Republicans.

But Ford has been pushing to delay the hearing until Thursday because she does not like to fly, according to CNN. The alleged assault took place when Ford was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17; they were in high school then.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just thoroughly justified Christine Blasey Ford's concerns. To make his point, he re-enacted what a conversation might be like between Ford and law enforcement. "But they've delayed it a week, and they have to get on with it".

The committee's chairman, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, said in a statement that the panel would hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Monday unless a deal was reached with Ford's lawyers by 10 p.m. EDT on Friday.

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and said he would testify to that under oath.

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But he finally took sides Friday, five days after Ford told the Washington Post how Kavanaugh had tried to pin her to the floor and have sex with her at a party while they were at school together.

Grassley's committee wants prepared testimony from Ford by Friday and an answer on whether she will accept its invitation to testify to the panel on Monday, either publicly or privately.

A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Sens. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

Committee Republicans are trying to secure a commitment from Ford to appear at a hearing on Monday. A person familiar with the call said Ford could testify by next Thursday.

Kavanaugh can not be confirmed for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court without approval from the Senate.

Attorney Debra Katz said Professor Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, had received death threats and for safety reasons had relocated her family.

On Wednesday, Republicans, who have rebuffed Ford's request for Federal Bureau of Investigation intervention, urged Ford to accept their invitation to testify and signaled they'd forge ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation.

US President Donald Trump (right) greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018, in Washington. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened". Judge also said he never saw Kavanaugh "act in the manner Dr Ford describes". But Tuesday, she began insisting on an FBI investigation of her allegations and said other witnesses should also participate in a hearing.

In the call later Thursday, Katz asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Ford has named as the other teen in the room at the time. At a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday night he had told supporters, "We'll let it play out, and I think everything is going to be just fine". Allowing only committee staffers to investigate is not adequate, she told the PBS News Hour this week.

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