Kavanaugh, His Accuser, and What You Need to Know

Kavanaugh, His Accuser, and What You Need to Know

Kavanaugh, His Accuser, and What You Need to Know

The former prosecutors cited corroboration, the polygraph exam, and motives as bolstering the claims by Dr. Christine Ford. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

Ford grew up in Montgomery county, Maryland, where she crossed paths with Kavanaugh, and attended high school at Holton-Arms, a private girls school.

The committee announced on Monday it would postpone its planned vote on Thursday on Kavanaugh's nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, and scheduled the high-stakes hearing on Monday with the nominee and his accuser to testify.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation. "Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them".

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said on Wednesday that she hopes Prof Ford "will reconsider and testify" on Monday. "They've already postponed a major hearing". Patrick Smyth wrote to Grassley and top committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein. "The American public wants to know about what happened, and they want to know that the Senate takes this seriously". Grassley told radio host Hugh Hewitt.

It was not clear where and when Ford had identified Smyth as being present at the party.

In an interview with Politico Magazine, Hirono revealed that the Democrats have a mind to keep the empty Supreme Court seat vacant for two years, when they can hopefully get a Democrat in the White House.

But he also dismissed the idea that the FBI should investigate the incident, something Blasey Ford had called for before she testifies. Victims can often recall vivid details about an assault but forget other things - especially because they are riven with guilt, shame, and embarrassment, and don't want to talk about it with anyone, as was apparently the case with Ford.

Only 31 percent of US adults polled said they were in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment.

Then-White House deputy press secretary Judy Smith said in a statement published by Newsday on October 6, 1991, that Hill's allegations of harassment were "brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee" on September 23 - a time frame that differs from Hill's account - and the committee "immediately" informed the White House. "I hope Republican voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook". "Those are the four who have expressed the most skepticism ahead of this hearing".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has been seen as a key GOP swing vote on Kavanaugh, because of her support for abortion rights.

"If Senate Republicans do have 100 percent of the party supporting Kavanaugh after this hearing on Monday, they don't necessarily need the Democratic votes", she said.

On the one hand, the steely Republican leader is determined to act as quickly to confirm Kavanaugh as he was to delay and destroy Garland's nomination.

"Now this is really what #MeToo is all about, if you think about it", said Sen. There are so many different reasons.

Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes.

The furious jockeying over Ford's testimony underscores the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of the House and the Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the high court for decades.

"So you really have to take the pulse of the country, the mood of the country". Doing so would signal that sexual assault claims are unimportant and risk overlooking necessary facts.

"I think he's an extraordinary man".

"Look, Democrats play dirty tricks, dirty last second tricks". They're not the first politicians to do it. "We want to get to the bottom of everything. But at this point it feels like a drip, drip, drip scenario", Brody noted.

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