Now Roy Moore is coming to Brett Kavanaugh’s defense

21 September, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Donnie King
  • Brett Kavanaugh during the confirmation hearings.  Reuters

In appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and PBS Newshour, Hill also discussed the need for a non-partisan body with expertise in investigating sexual assault claims to reach its own conclusions about the accusations against Kavanaugh and why the American people deserve to see a thorough examination into Blasey Ford's claims.

The lawyer for a woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has said the Senate's "rush" to a hearing is "unnecessary".

Ford's lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday, where the accused nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give his side of the story.

More than 1,100 miles east, Carole Vienneau, a 61-year-old Democrat from Nashville, Tennessee, said it was "only fair" the FBI investigate Ford's accusations as she has requested.

Ford's lawyers have asked the FBI to investigate her charge - that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both teenagers more than three decades ago - before she agrees to appear at the hearing, but Republicans have refused to go along. Senators also, properly, weigh their constituents' views on the nominee and the testimony.

Ford, through her attorneys, has requested that the FBI conduct an investigation into the alleged incident before she speaks to the committee, and Senate Democrats have lined up behind her. "Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", she said in the September 16 story.

In a separate letter to Democrats, Mr Grassley wrote that committee aides were "even willing to fly to California, or anywhere else, to meet her".

In their letter to Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Ford's lawyers have said that she is willing to "cooperate" with the panel. On Thursday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott - both independents - issued a statement opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.

"When I came forward with allegations regarding Gary Orr, a former priest, sexually assaulting me..."

Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

Gumeson, a Republican, said that times have changed, and she's glad, but that she didn't believe people should try to apply today's standards retroactively.

Hirono is encouraging other women to be active in politics, predicting their frustration will be felt in the outcome of the midterm elections.

"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home".

Republican and Democratic Judiciary Committee staffers spoke with Katz and Ford attorney Lisa Banks by phone on Thursday to negotiate on a potential hearing for next week.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1 or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

The mostly female demonstrators wore pins reading: "I believe Christine Blasey Ford".

NBC News, citing a person involved in the confirmation process, reported that Kavanaugh was preparing for the hearing at the White House on Tuesday with coaching from senior officials including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House counsel Don McGahn.


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