Democrats Want FBI To Investigate Kavanaugh Allegations. It Likely Won't
- Author: Tracy Klein Sep 19, 2018,
Sep 19, 2018, 12:26
Christine Blasey Ford grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and attended Holton-Arms School, a private preparatory school in Bethesda for girls in third through 12th grade. In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh has called the allegations "completely false".
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, said in a statement Monday night that she was disappointed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and White House "are failing to take even the most basic steps to investigate this matter" and that the process was being rushed.
At the same time, Democrats also worked to avoid the perception they were politicizing the situation. Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous".
Asked if it was possible for him to believe Ford's story and still conclude that Kavanaugh was qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, Graham said: "I'd have a hard time putting somebody on the court that I thought tried to rape somebody". "I know - I can tell you this - that Judge Kavanaugh is anxious to do it". He is an outstanding intellect and outstanding judge respected by everybody. "It's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said. "If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay". Without Kennedy on the court, the justices are split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives. Instead, he said he has "great confidence" in the way Iowa Sen.
'I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter, ' added Judge, who wrote a book about his high school days describing heavy partying, drinking, and teenage sex.
"Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay", he wrote. (Same with Kavanaugh, of course.) If so much as one Republican gets aggressive with her, Democrats will mine it for "war on women" attack ads for weeks.
On the one hand, what else can she say? I commend her courage. She had expected simply to recount her story and assumed, going in, that because she told the truth she would be believed.
Trump has also supported Kavanaugh after the accusation, though he said he wanted the allegation to be aired.
Katz told CBS that Ford had consumed a beer but was not drunk. Wilkinson has not returned calls from CNN seeking comment. According to a letter sent to the panel from Ford's lawyers, her worst fears have materialized. She claims he sexually assaulted her in high school, over 36 years ago. Joe Donnelly, one of the nation's most endangered Senate Democrats, said the allegations "merit further review".
While Ford initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, she said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her.
Capito said through her spokesman that both Ford and Kavanaugh should be given a chance to share their accounts publicly with the Judiciary Committee. She said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying.
As Senators wait to hear Christine Blasey Ford's testimony at Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings on Monday, former congresswoman Pat Schroeder says it's déjà vu, all over again.
Meanwhile, Ford's lawyer has said she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Kavanaugh vote (while senators say they're still waiting for her to confirm), subjecting herself to scrutiny regarding an interaction that left an impact on her life, if not traumatized her. And I would surely hope she'd come Monday. Corker, however, does not sit on the panel.
McConnell said that "blatant malpractice" by Democrats - not releasing a letter by the accuser until the confirmation process was nearing its end - "will not stop the Senate from moving forward in a responsible manner".