Pressure Mounts On Republicans To Postpone Brett Kavanaugh Vote

by Garry Watts September 20, 2018, 1:10
Pressure Mounts On Republicans To Postpone Brett Kavanaugh Vote

"Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement", said spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. She wrote an anonymous letter to Sen. "She will agree to participate in any proceedings that she's asked to participate in". On Monday, his spokesman, Bill Russo, said Biden "believes Professor Ford deserves a fair and respectful hearing of her allegations, and that the Committee should undertake a thorough and non-partisan effort to get to the truth, wherever it leads".

Kavanaugh has completely denied the allegations, as has Mark Judge, a friend of his who Ford said witnessed the assault.

Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Also Monday afternoon, Leahy announced that he and five other Democratic committee members had filed a lawsuit to compel the National Archives and the Central Intelligence Agency to release all records involving Kavanaugh during his time working in the White House.

Kavanaugh later issued a fresh denial of the allegations, which have roiled his confirmation process, saying he is willing to talk to the committee in any way it "deems appropriate".

Since Donald Trump took office, progressive journalism has been under constant attack and companies like Facebook and Google have changed their policies to limit your access to sites like Truthout. But Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous". "Never even had a little blemish on his record".

"No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though".

"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay", Mr. Trump said - though he added it "shouldn't be much delay. Most importantly I want the American people to be happy, because they're getting somebody that is great".

"I think that my constituent all along had a tug of war going on inside of her, understanding what privacy brought to her, but also the risks of moving over into the public square", Eshoo said.

"She should be heard", Conway said on "Fox and Friends". "This woman will be heard".

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Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake suggested that the Monday hearing will be critical to determining whether they vote on the nomination, suggesting they may vote against Kavanaugh depending on how the high-stakes session goes.

Collins on Monday called for both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath.

Baldwin said there should be no vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until the matter is fully investigated and both he and Ford testify before the Senate committee.

Feinstein has been around Washington long enough to know that her opaque statement guaranteed that the contents of the letter, sent by a Stanford law professor on behalf of the accuser, would be pursued and publicized in short order. The two both testified publicly before Congress, and Thomas was eventually confirmed in the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote in more than a century.

"What is puzzling to me", GOP Sen. "Flake that we should delay this week's vote", Feinstein said.

"I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they had this information for many months".

Before Ford had come forward, he said, "So far, the claims against Kavanaugh are _still_ a terrible dirty trick". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for some time.

"To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, says she has questions about the allegation. Democrats faced criticism for being timid in her defense. "It was something that she struggled with mightily. Ford by listening to her and hearing her story".

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