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Lawyer: Kavanaugh Accuser ‘Not Prepared’ to Testify on Monday, Before FBI Investigation

George W. Bush stands by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegation Lawyer: Kavanaugh Accuser ‘Not Prepared’ to Testify on Monday, Before FBI Investigation
Lisa Bryan | 19 September, 2018, 20:32

The majority leader has made it his mission to get conservatives on the court and has been working diligently to place Kavanaugh on the bench before the Supreme Court session starts October 1. He said he was reserving judgement on whether he believed Judge Kavanaugh's denials of the allegations, while noting that there are "gaps" in the "memory" of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward publicly on Sunday with the allegations that Kavanuagh assaulted her when they were teenagers. A neutral investigation, that can pull together the facts, create a record, so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their question.

"Today, the public expects better from our government than we got in 1991, when our representatives performed in ways that gave employers permission to mishandle workplace harassment complaints throughout the following decades, " Hill, a Yale-educated lawyer, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times.

This is a developing story. Dean Heller is in a hard fight for re-election, his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, used the allegation against Kavanaugh to stoke doubt about Heller's judgment.

At an education event Tuesday in Tampa, the former congressman said Democrats should have raised concerns about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's alleged past sexual misconduct before the days leading up to his confirmation vote.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who was first informed of Ford's accusation in July when the woman requested anonymity, denounced Republicans' efforts to limit the hearing to two witnesses.

"Honestly, I feel terribly for him", Trump said of Kavanaugh, "for his wife, who is an incredible, lovely woman, and for his attractive, young daughters".

The committee's 10 Democratic members want to delay the planned vote and allow for an FBI investigation before the panel moves forward.

Caught in the Senate hallways by the progressive political action committee American Bridge 21st Century, Ernst said sexual assault is disqualifying for a Supreme Court nominee "if they can prove it". "I'm sure it will work out very well".


"Compare that to the 22 witnesses at the 1991 Anita Hill hearing and it's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said. There was no evidence of any violence, physical touching or anything like that, whereas Dr. Blasey - I think that's how she says her name - she is making the claim of attempted rape.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said Tuesday".

As for Hatch's potential replacements, Mitt Romney says "her accusation is serious; she deserves to be given a full and respectful opportunity to testify before the judiciary committee". "We should not have gotten to this point".

Feinstein referred the information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation but did not discuss it until Ford went public over the weekend.

Last week, Ford reversed that decision after news of her letter to Eshoo leaked to the Intercept.

"What we were trying to do was get an investigation", Feinstein said. Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told reporters that there is a risk in being too aggressive or appearing to bully Ford.

He added: "Hopefully the woman will come forward, state her case". However, they're both more conservative than Collins and Murkowski.

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