Published: Sat, September 22, 2018

Trump's callous tweet about Kavanaugh accuser sparks Senate turmoil

Trump's callous tweet about Kavanaugh accuser sparks Senate turmoil

Despite the fact that Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, hasn't testified yet about her alleged sexual assault by the Supreme Court nominee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Friday that Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court - and soon.

Dr Ford has yet to give her full account in public and said the FBI should investigate her claim.

In the eleventh hour of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process to be seated on the United States Supreme Court - days after long hearings and days before a scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote - Ford accused the federal judge of groping her at a party while the two were in high school.

"Some have gone so far as to state, "She's mixed up"; "She's mistaken"; "She's not in really a position to make conditions"; and, 'I'll listen to the lady, but we're going to bring this to a close.' These shameful attacks show why it is so hard for survivors of sexual assault to come forward", the Democrats wrote in their letter.

Doctor Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, has claimed Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers, something he vehemently denies. She said Ford needs time to make sure her family is secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington. But Grassley wants to assure her that someone's on the case, writing, 'I certainly understand and respect Dr. Ford's desire for an investigation into her allegations. Ford, through her attorneys, has said she cannot appear Monday but could later in the week.

Ford is willing to tell her story - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", her lawyer said on Thursday (Friday NZT).

But US President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have already ruled that out.

Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation. That idea was shot down by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman and geriatric meerkat Chuck Grassley, who said it is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this.

A Republican senator told Politico that the Judiciary Committee will hold the hearing on Wednesday instead of Monday.

The timetable brought cries of protest from Democrats, who have called on the FBI to investigate the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, and to expand the number of witnesses who would be called beyond Ford and Kavanaugh. Ford's attorneys raised the possibility of subpoenaing several witnesses including Mark Judge, who she says egged Kavanaugh on during the assault. At each step, committee Democrats have publicly echoed Ford's call for a delayed hearing.

"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said.

"Women from every phase of Judge Kavanaugh's life, those who know him best, have stepped forward to say that the allegation being leveled against him is false", said Sara Fagen. "Most importantly, I want the American people to be happy, because they're getting somebody that is great", he said.

"We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we'll get through this and we'll get off to the races", he said in a call with fellow Republicans, the Nevada Independent reports. So, it's unclear why the White House is ride or die on Brett Kavanaugh.

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