Sen. Portman Calls For Hearing Into Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh
- Celia Watts
In a letter to the Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Blasey Ford's attorneys asked for an FBI investigation into the matter as "the first step in addressing her allegations". "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", the White House said before Grassley's announcement. Trump blasted Democrats, and in particular Sen.
"It's a awful thing that took place and it's frankly a bad thing that this information was not given to us months ago when they got it", Trump said. "I can't think of a single woman who wants to relive such a painful experience", Olsen said.
Ford's allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination to the lifetime post on the Supreme Court, which previously was on track toward confirmation.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify before the committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday at which Kavanaugh will testify.
"She is very friendly, outgoing and brilliant, and she is a great mother", said clinical psychologist Erin Heinemeyer, a mentee of Ford's who is also a friend.
Almost 30 years ago, Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her, saying he made unwanted advances and inappropriate comments.
"I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as "PJ" who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post", Smyth says in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", Banks wrote.
Friends and family members say she struggled with the decision to come forward. CNN has obtained a copy of the letter, which includes a quote from Smyth denying seeing any "improper conduct" from Kavanaugh. In the four days since Ford went public, Trump has sent about three dozen tweets, but only one has been about the Kavanaugh issue. "They will look at what she had to say from 36 years ago", President Donald Trump said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of alumnae of the secular private girls school that Kavanaugh's accuser attended have signed a letter supporting her.
"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting. If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump added.
The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.
The two parties' tactics illustrate how they are trying to navigate a political climate in which the #MeToo movement of outing sexual abusers has galvanized many female voters.
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Some Republicans pointed to the decades between the alleged attack and now. "I did not know her personally but I remember her". President Trump also defended Brett Kavanaugh , describing him as a "great gentleman". "Immediately after learning of Dr.
Thomas was eventually confirmed to the court.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Democrats of using their calls for an FBI investigation as a ploy. "Meanwhile Republicans are trying to bully her into a rigged hearing before a neutral investigation and without the only identified eyewitness", No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL tweeted.
Portman met with Kavanaugh last weekend and said the judge was surprised and frustrated.
"What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep", Kavanaugh said, describing the philosophy.
However, McConnell and GOP leadership are forging ahead with the hearing. The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the allegation against his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should go through a process.
"I think he's very much on track", Trump said of Kavanaugh.
The move would delay a planned vote in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation.
But in a letter to Grassley and Sen.
"(Ford's) story, her voice and this issue should not be brushed aside because it not only does a disservice to the individual but it does a disservice to all the women who are watching what's going on now", Olsen said. Ford was 15 at the time of the alleged incident. The letter mentioned no names and committee staff declined to name them. In this case, that would be the White House.
On Twitter, Grassley said committee "investigators are following up on the leads from Dr. Ford's allegations" and that "no other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary". However, with her yet to appear in public, it remains uncertain what level of grassroots anger is being stirred.
Kavanaugh spent hours Tuesday in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, part of the White House complex.
Ernst is a retired combat veteran who's talked publicly about facing sexual harassment in the military during more than two decades of service, and she's worked in the Senate to combat sex abuse.
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