Hearing With Kavanaugh And Accuser Alleging Sexual Assault In Turmoil

19 September, 2018, 03:27 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge said he does not remember Kavanaugh acting "in the manner Dr. Ford describes".

Those who work with survivors of sexual assault and some criminal justice analysts say the fact that Ms. Ford's explosive assertions did not surface until more than 35 years after the alleged incident and just before the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination should not cast her story in a negative light.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said on radio's Hugh Hewitt Show that he'd not yet received confirmation from the accuser that she would appear at Monday's hearing, despite several attempts to reach her. So do they want to have the hearing or not?

Democrats have called for a full FBI investigation of the allegations, however, saying the Monday hearing will be too soon. "Now it's just a he-said-she-said thing, and the opportunity to go back and forth to the various parties, if this had been a confidential investigation by committee counsels, has been lost". Ford tells the Post that she sent a letter about Kavanaugh to Senator Dianne Feinstein via Eshoo's office.

Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted yesterday, "Christine Blasey Ford is fearless, deserves to be heard, and treated with respect as she raises new questions about Brett Kavanaugh".

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has not yet announced how she will vote, said Ford deserved her day before the committee.

Ford has alleged that while at a party during their high school years, Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom and assaulted her.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Slamming Collins' recommendation to the Senate Judiciary Committee as "beyond shameful", Ultraviolet founder Shaunna Thomas added: "This is not a trial".

Republican Senator Susan Collins, considered a key potential swing vote, tweeted that both should testify under oath.

The move forced Republicans to put off a planned committee vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh's nomination.

The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward on Sunday with her claim that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down and attempted to take off her clothes at a party around 1982. As Georgetown University law professor David Super notes, federal law explicitly says these previous statements are not regarded as hearsay, or unreliable, when they are used "to rebut an express or implied charge that the declarant recently fabricated it or acted from a recent improper influence or motive in so testifying".

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

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is on the judiciary committee, said Republicans are "naturally" concerned about the optics of having only Republican men question Ford "because there's always a lot of prejudice in these matters".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. If there is credible evidence that Kavanaugh committed a crime, the American people deserve to know and Ford deserves justice. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas.

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations. Additionally, in the therapy notes, there is no mention of Kavanaugh's name, but Ford and her husband claim that she mentioned him in the session.

Trump declares state of emergency in both Carolinas as Hurricane Florence nears
That's because the longer this slow-moving hurricane hovers over land, the more rain it'll dump in the same places. All three states have already declared states of emergency and 1.5 million people have been told to evacuate.



Kylian Mbappe has a warning for Liverpool ahead of Champions League meeting
Neymar's Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino faces a late assessment to see whether he has recovered from an eye injury sustained at Tottenham on Saturday.

Canelo vs GGG: Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin's dramatic weigh
Both suffered cuts over their eyes, wounds from their heavy-handed exchanges that made the second fight better than the first. He later said he believed he had done enough to win - and opened the door for a possible third instalment.

Sewing needles have been found DELIBERATELY hidden inside strawberries
Police launched an investigation on Sunday after a Queensland man reported swallowing a contaminated berry. Van Dorp says he bit into one and swallowed half of a sewing needle, before the pair found another.

Vettel fastest in Singapore GP final practice, Hamilton 3rd
Both Sirotkin and Grosjean were handed five-second time penalties for the incident, which also included two penalty points. But the four-time world champion should not give up hope and here are the ways he can prevail at the Marina Bay Circuit.

Kenyan marathoner defies logic to push limits of human physiology
Canadian Brent Lakatos won the men's wheelchair race for his first marathon victory. Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon in a record 2:01:40.

Storm Helene to batter NI as severe weather warning is issued
While now classified as a hurricane, Helene will be downgraded to a storm by the time it reaches the shores of Northern Ireland. A yellow - "be aware" - warning, which also covers parts of South Ayrshire, was issued by the Met Office today.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are legally married
The news came as a shock as Bieber had only just split from his childhood sweetheart, Selena Gomez months earlier. Another source said the couple was there to obtain paperwork.

Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr
Each phone gets two 12-megapixel cameras , one a wide-angle and the other a telephoto lens, with a variety of modes and effects. More importantly, Apple kicked off a one-year iPhone battery replacement program that reduced the fix fee from $79 to $29.

Brown signs bill requiring 100% clean electricity, updating RPS
About 26.9% of the state's generation now comes from hydro, with 26.9% from renewables and 43.3% from natural gas. A bill Brown signed Monday sets a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Announces $2 Billion Fund to Help Homeless Families
Amazon, meanwhile, has been criticized for years for largely taking a pass on the formal donation programs of corporate peers. Citing the Amazon mantra of customer obsession, Bezos said in a tweet here: "The child will be the customer".