Trump, GOP handle Kavanaugh case with predictably patriarchal idiocy
Sep 21 2018 by Lorena Waters
Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation's top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers nearly four decades ago.
According to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Kavanaugh of holding her down and trying to rape her when they were teenagers, Judge was present for the incident.
Ford on Tuesday suggested in a letter from her legal team that she would be unwilling to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigated the matter to ensure committee members are fully informed about the allegations. Feinstein said she had not come forward sooner to protect the identity of Ford, who had stressed in the letter that she wanted the matter to be handed confidentially.
But Democrats, already staunchly opposed to President Trump's nominee, wrote their own letter to Mr Grassley objecting to the format of having Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford as the only witnesses.
President Donald Trump also said Kavanaugh is "under assault by radical left wing politicians".
"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said yesterday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.
"We're going to proceed - there's no question about it", Hatch said.
Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation.
His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has also been invited to testify. The campaign was spearheaded by Holton-Arms alum Sarah Burgess, who said "I know that in the coming days, her story will be scrutinized, and she will be accused of lying".
The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen.
"I think we have to give her the hearing that she deserves, with actual investigation like there would be for any kind of trial on this kind of issue", Sack said.
Ford and Kavanaugh have both been asked to testify Monday, but it is not clear if Ford will appear. She escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on the bed, sending all three tumbling off.
But Trump said he supported the additional Judiciary Committee hearing, saying "there shouldn't even be a little doubt", about Kavanaugh's nomination.
"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you, I feel so badly for him", said Trump, who has himself faced numerous accusations of sexual harassment that he's denied. A spokesman for the judiciary committee toldThe Hill that Grassley would be willing to send staff members to California to hear from Ford in person. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) that Kavanaugh "physically pushed" and "tried to disrobe" her while they were high school students.
Ford, a psychology professor, went public with the allegation over the weekend after it was leaked in the news media.