Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

Judiciary Committee chairman says 'no reason to delay' Ford testimony

Senate Republicans are pushing forward with plans for a showdown Monday between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accused him of sexual assault in high school, but Democrats want more time and testimony.

The Salt Lake Tribune's Washington bureau chief, Thomas Burr, says Senator Hatch's response then is pretty similar to his response now, as allegations of sexual misconduct have come out against Brett Kavanaugh.

The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser have offered to do, had far-reaching implications for America's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment.

Joy Behar noted how Ford took a lie detector test and said Republicans are pushing Kavanaugh's nomination through because they're anxious about how the midterms would turn out.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, also weighed in to support Ford.

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Christine Blasey Ford said he tried to attack her and remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both high school students in a Maryland suburb outside Washington. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement Monday. He repeated his frequent assertion that the USA has been the victim of unfair trade practices, saying "we've been ripped off by China, we've been ripped off by.the European Union, we've been ripped off by everybody".

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation".

Ford told her story on the record to the Washington Post on Sunday, throwing into chaos what had already been a tumultuous confirmation process for Kavanaugh - who has categorically denied the allegation. "I owe her an apology", said Biden, a Democrat.

Thomas, who was nominated by President George H.W. Bush, related in his memoir that when he was first asked by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents whether he made sexual advances to Hill or talked about pornography with her, he replied, "Absolutely not".

Meanwhile, key members the Trump administration, including the president himself, continue to defend Kavanaugh.

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Democrats further criticized the process of document releases because Bush's lawyer Bill Burck, who previously worked under Kavanaugh in the White House, was responsible for reviewing documents for release from Bush's presidential library.

The situation could draw parallels with Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings when he faced allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill. I think the American people, whether they're Republicans or Democrats, are going to face the consequences of who goes on the Supreme Court. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment. Thomas was eventually confirmed after the woman's credibility suffered when it was learned Hill followed Thomas from job to job.

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

Kavanaugh's statement came shortly after Ford said through her attorney that she would be willing to speak with Congress to tell her side of the story. The 53-year-old judge was there to meet with the White House legal team to prepare for potential interviews or questions from the Judiciary Committee, a source familiar with the matter said.

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