Published: Wed, September 19, 2018

Why a federal investigation into the Kavanaugh allegation is far from impossible

Why a federal investigation into the Kavanaugh allegation is far from impossible

A lawyer for Ford has said that the alleged incident is viewed by Ford as attempted rape, a crime she believes would have happened had Kavanaugh not been so intoxicated at the time that she managed to get away.

The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee told reporters Tuesday she can't say if everything Christine Blasey Ford has said is truthful - but said she does believe Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser is credible.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants to hold a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh before the October 1 start of the Supreme Court's new term. Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

The stakes of such a hearing for Kavanaugh, who will also testify, are obvious. A panel vote is scheduled for Thursday, just weeks before the congressional midterm elections. Monday's planned hearing seems to be following a similar pattern.

Democrats have called for a full FBI investigation of the allegations, however, saying the Monday hearing will be too soon. When she went to use the bathroom, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom by Kavanaugh, and that he pinned her down and, laughing, tried to take off her clothes. He also hired outside investigators to look into complaints and introduced a resolution to expel Democratic Sen.

A hearing in front of the committee is scheduled for Monday, but details remain tentative.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common. Kavanaugh's supporters in the Senate and the White House question Democrats' motives, suggesting all they really want is to delay a confirmation vote.

Kavanaugh has had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week.

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.

The letter notes that since Ford's identity was revealed, she has received "vicious harassment and even death threats", has been forced to relocate from her home and has had her email hacked.

"I'd have the professionals go in there, seek corroborating evidence, talk to the people involved, certainly talk to the third person who they claimed was there and that hasn't been done", Democratic Sen.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone", the 53-year-old conservative federal appeals court judge said.

According to the Washington Post, Ford, who had also contacted the newspaper in July, made a decision to go public after it became clear people were learning her identity.

Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes. Weinstein denies the allegations. "The objective of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States". They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment. Thomas denied the allegations.

The letter drew a swift rebuke from the New Hampshire Democratic Party, which chided Silber on Twitter for "mocking and reducing sexual assault into some kind of awful joke".

In an interivew with ABC's "Good Morning America, Dr. Anita Hill said there should "absolutely" be a FBI investigation before Ford testifies in order for the facts to be collected and have a neutral investigation - from which Senators can develop their questions".

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