Published: Wed, September 19, 2018

Kavanaugh's accuser NOT ready to testify against Trump's supreme court nominee

Kavanaugh's accuser NOT ready to testify against Trump's supreme court nominee

Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation's top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers nearly four decades ago.

"This just came out 48 hours ago", she told CNN's Anderson Cooper, referring to her client's account in The Washington Post.

Ford settled in the Silicon Valley in the 1990s, when the first wave of the tech boom was transforming lives around her and startups were replacing peach orchards.

She later was hired as a professor in a consortium between Stanford and Palo Alto University. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", he said. "I know in general she supports women's rights, and she often stands up for students, and she had expressed concerns to me about other students who might be struggling".

The claim has jeopardised Mr Kavanaugh's formerly all-but certain-nomination for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. "I think that's going to [tick] off an terrible lot of people, including women, who are more prone to vote in this day and age than men are".

But he said it's not the FBI's job to conduct an investigation of her claims, saying, "It's up to the Senate and I really rely on them".

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has categorically denied the allegations. He's an incredible intellect.

Trump blamed Democrats for the delay weeks before the US midterm congressional elections on November 6, but he said there was enough time to get his pick confirmed before the elections.

The full power of the White House is behind Kavanaugh, Hirono said, which puts Ford at a disadvantage and victimizes her: "Haven't we been here before with the Clarence Thomas hearings?" She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats.

"As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home".

The New Yorker magazine says Ford sent a letter about the allegation to Democrats. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new. The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers.

"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh".

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has been one to say that the FBI "does not do investigations like this". She has published several books and more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Her work often involves analyzing data gathered in medical studies ranging from investigations of new depression treatments to opioid addiction interventions and traumatic brain injury research.

However, the Republicans were careful not to sound insensitive in the case as they openly supported the upcoming Monday's hearing against the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Like Ford, Louis-Dreyfus is an alumna of Holton-Arms School, all all-girls school in Bethesda, Maryland.

Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.

She alleged Mr Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" at the time.

"As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr Ford has done deserves to be heard", said the Iowa Republican.

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh added.

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