Trump challenges Kavanaugh accuser over account of sex attack

Arturo Kim
September 21, 2018

Ford said in an interview published on Sunday that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed on her back, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams at a house party in the early 1980s.

Eshoo relayed the accusation to Sen. The Senate Judiciary Committee does indeed have subpoena power. But Democrats and Ford's attorneys pressed Grassley to first agree to an FBI investigation of the alleged incident and to invite other witnesses to appear at any public hearing. On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said the Democrats' handling of the Ford accusations has been "a drive-by shooting when it comes to Kavanaugh".

For Trump, approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary more to the right. "So my friends, keep the faith and don't get rattled by all of this".

And in a vast majority of the cases in which rapes and assaults are reported, the perpetrator never sees jail time. Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false". In a letter to the committee, Ford's lawyers said that she would be open to appearing before the panel, but that an appearance Monday "was not possible".

"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" he added.

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has been held up while the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford are assessed. Ford says Judge was in the room, but Judge has denied the incident took place when they were all high school students.

"They've delayed it a week already, they have to get on with it".

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Before the president's tweets Friday, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was "no reason" to attack Ford. "I think everything's going to be just fine". "Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it". A person familiar with the call said Ford could testify by next Thursday.

According to reports Thursday, the Republicans are considering hiring a female outside litigator to handle the questioning, which would be televised nationally.

Conway told CNN on Friday, "Let's not conflate the larger #MeToo movement with whatever did nor did not happen in the summer of 1982". In this district, where Hillary Clinton easily defeated Trump, GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock is fighting for political survival.

Whelan, who is president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributor to National Review Online, suggested Thursday in now-deleted tweets that he had identified a possible location for the house party in suburban Maryland where Ford said she was assaulted.

Her lawyer, Debra Katz said that she would only testify if senators offered her "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of United States adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer responded to Republican calls for Ford to testify to the Senate about her claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

Katz asked committee aides for a telephone conversation later Thursday to discuss terms. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday following an allegation of sexual misconduct from when was in high school. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans.

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