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Sen. Grassley Scrambles To Hold Follow-Up Calls Before Kavanaugh Vote

Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Comes Forward Sen. Grassley Scrambles To Hold Follow-Up Calls Before Kavanaugh Vote
Pablo Mccormick | 17 September, 2018, 12:27

Last week, Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.

The developments marked the latest chapter of a long-contentious battle over President Trump's second Supreme Court nominee that has grown increasingly divisive as it approaches its final stages. On Friday, as word of the accusations began to circulate but his accuser's identity was not publicly known, the White House released a letter from 65 women who said they knew Kavanaugh in high school and could attest to his character.

Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed while his friend watched, she said, then groped her while attempting to remove her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing on top of it.

Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when Judge jumped on them.

The notes don't name Kavanaugh, the Post said, but describe an assault by students "from an elitist boys' school", including one who became a "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".

Jones says he wishes the matter had been raised earlier. "It could maybe been cleared up".

Ms Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". "And I don't think I'm alone in this", Flake told Politico.

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I make this "pro-Kavanaugh" case for hearings in a New York Times op-ed. They have given no indications the allegation will alter their plans. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he wants to hold a full Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct 1.

It is quite possible - or even likely - that hearings won't prevent Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed given the equivocal evidence against him and, perhaps even more importantly, the number of Republicans and red-state Democrats in the Senate.

CNN on Sunday published the contents of the letter Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Sen.

Kennedy, who also sits on the Judiciary panel, singled out Feinstein for criticism.

"Senator Feinstein's had the letter since July", he said on "Fox News Sunday". "For three months, she said nothing, nothing, zero, nada, zilch".

Ms Ford told the Post that Mr Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - corralled her into a bedroom during a house party in Maryland in the early 1980s when she was about 15 and Mr Kavanaugh was about 17. "And now, after it's all over, she produces the letter".

California Professor Comes Forward as Brett Kavanaugh’s Accuser
Coming forward to the Washington Post , Ford says she remembers the attack to be in 1982, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. It's not surprising that Kavanaugh opponents want a full investigation into Ford's allegations.

"It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives", said Taylor Foy, the spokesman for Sen. Feinstein to name her, because of "concerns about what going public would mean for her and her family".

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Mr Judge has denied that the incident happened.

"For too long, when women have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored".

Since Trump's fellow Republicans control a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, and with Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie, Democrats can not stop Kavanaugh's appointment unless some Republicans make a rare decision to break with their party and vote against Trump.

Two moderate Republican female senators who support abortion rights and are not on the Judiciary Committee, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have been under particular pressure not to back Kavanaugh, who is seen as a social conservative.

If and when Judge Kavanaugh becomes Justice Kavanaugh, that should be a joyous occasion for him, his family and friends, and all of his other supporters.

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