Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Brett Kavanaugh: Republican senators call for vote delay

Brett Kavanaugh: Republican senators call for vote delay

"I mean, I don't know her".

Now, several Senate Democrats and Republicans say Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings, which are set to take place this week, should be halted until they can question Ford and Kavanaugh. And he called a question about whether Kavanaugh should withdraw "ridiculous".

The White House indicated Monday that it is continuing to stand by Kavanaugh but that it expects Ford will offer testimony to the Judiciary Committee.

"We need to hear from her", he told news website Politico.

Stressing that Mr Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character". With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending Trump's nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appeared nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite Christine Blasey Ford's account in The Washington Post. The spokesman made no mention of a hearing.

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens.

McCaskill's GOP opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said in a statement late Monday that he was concerned that "Feinstein and the Democrats waited until the last hour to bring this 30-year old allegation to light". Ford, whose identity was unknown until Sunday, had sent a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her. Judge has denied that the incident happened.

Now a judge on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second most powerful court, Kavanaugh seemed to be on a smooth confirmation track until the new allegation emerged.

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The Telegraph contacted the White House for comment on Ms Ford's claims, but had no response at the time of going to press. Many Democratic senators have declared their opposition to Kavanaugh but not a single Republican has publicly opposed him.

Hatch told reporters that he spoke by phone with Kavanaugh, who denied attending a 1982 party where Christine Blasey Ford says he drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothing.

McConnell has said he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term.

Sixty-five women who knew Mr Kavanaugh in high school have defended him in a letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect". One of the "oddest episodes", she said, involved an exchange in Thomas' office when he reached for a can of Coke and asked, "Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?" "The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years".

Trump Monday accepted the possibility that a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination would be delayed.

The Supreme Court often gives the final word on highly contentious laws and its nine judges have an huge impact on United States political life.

Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes.

"I am deeply troubled by these allegations".

Ford's challenge also evoked the 1991 battle of over the Republican nomination of Clarence Thomas, now the court's most conservative justice.

Following an allegation of sexual assault from a California psychology professor against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, outside groups from both sides of the aisle are readying for an intense messaging battle as Capitol Hill grapples with the political fallout. They did not raise it, even with the name redacted, in four days of exhaustive public hearings while Judge Kavanaugh testified under oath - even though they chose to raise myriad other matters at the hearing, including through sometimes weird innuendo.

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