White House is Planning an Attack on Kavanaugh Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford
Sep 19 2018 by Lorena Waters
As the only woman to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, Ford's credibility has become the central issue.
Grassley criticizedDemocrats for not participating in the calls, but later agreed to hold the public hearing Monday "to give these recent allegations a full airing".
This comes 27 years after Anita Hill testified at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, alleging sexual harassment.
The White House appeared eager to resolve the matter quickly.
The Republican-dominated panel had invited both Kavanaugh, 53, and Ford, 51, to testify publicly about her claims he pinned her down while he was drunk when they were teenagers. Thomas was ultimately confirmed, but only after a nasty televised hearing in which Hill faced pointed questions from Republican senators and the nominee said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks". According to NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell, Hatch spoke to Kavanaugh about it, and says the Supreme Court nominee is "honest" and "straightforward".
Republicans have blasted Democrats for the way in which the accusation came out - at the 11th hour, while for six weeks, the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. Ford is willing to appear before Congress, and Conway urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear her testimony under oath.
On Monday a spokesperson for the Justice Department indicated that the FBI does not get involved in matters unless a federal crime is alleged and that it had completed its work related to Kavanaugh's background check. She's pissed because not enough people are taking Ford's allegations seriously and therefore aren't taking the approval of a possible Supreme Court judge seriously. In the letter, Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything". They also complained that the committee scheduled Ford to "testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident".
"I think he's very much on track".
Feinstein, who has been backed by several fellow Senate Democrats, said Tuesday she was honoring Ford's request to keep the information confidential.
If she is, Wigdor said, "I would have her make it very clear in her remarks that she was not 'mistaken.' That the assault was something she recalled vividly and was confident she was not confused or mixed up about".
Trump's vote of confidence in Kavanaugh reinforces what is rapidly becoming the latest battlefront in the deeply polarised country ahead of November midterm congressional elections.
"It's good to hear from both the accuser and the accused here", Conway said, "and allow the Senate to weigh what they learn in those exchanges, along with the mountain of other testimonial evidence and other statements of support and endorsements of Brett Kavanaugh by the women he's known all throughout his life".
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.
Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House, which has stood by the judge in the face of the accusations. Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) of Iowa, said Monday that he will "continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented, and respectful manner". If he plants his flag at the hearing on the fact that they're not acquainted, all it would take to finish him off is a photo, even a group photo, of the two together. She claims Kavanaugh drunkenly held her down, groped her, and attempted to undress her at a party in the early 1980s. Ford was 15 at the time of the alleged incident.