Anita Hill Urges Senate To Avoid 'Sham Proceeding' Against Christine Blasey Ford

Trump feels 'terribly' for Kavanaugh; Dems want FBI probe

Trump feels 'terribly' for Kavanaugh; Dems want FBI probe

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.

Those witnesses would include Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted, but Judge said no. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation, and Judge says he doesn't remember any such incident.

Hillary Clinton says the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and any refusal to do so by Republicans amounts to rushing to confirm him.

Dr. Blasey, thrust suddenly into a spotlight that she never sought, has been inundated with vulgar email and social media messages, and even death threats, according to a person close to her, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private matter.

Republicans including President Trump have cast doubt upon Ford's accusation by pointing out that it came to light mere days before Kavanaugh was set to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee - and after his confirmation hearings had already been concluded.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the nomination, had called a hearing for Monday to examine the matter, and the White House had said Kavanaugh was ready to testify. The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation.

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.

Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat. The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. However, Trump rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh, which would be likely to delay a confirmation vote until after the election.

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"I wouldn't be surprised if the court at least wants to have a little breathing space after the conclusion of this confirmation process", Shanmugam said.

The problem with the editorial (or I should say, the main problem, because there are several - which I'll lay out later) is this: It makes the argument for less transparency, less disclosure, less light.

"Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, a line that was echoed by other Republicans throughout the day.

Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.

"As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard". The Times asked a Newport Beach police spokesperson why it took so long for the arrests to be made, and was told the "evidence initially did not meet the standard to make an arrest".

Asked Tuesday about being one of just four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee and how that will affect the nomination proceedings, the Hawaii Democrat said, "Of course it helps that there are women on that committee". Ford told the Washington Post that in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17, Kavanaugh pinned her down to a bed, groped her, tried to take off her clothes, and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

Thomas ultimately won confirmation after Republicans ruthlessly smeared Hill's character. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. However, the Department of Justice has said in regard to this topic that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", so it is not clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have the jurisdiction to get involved.

But Democrats also said they were planning to attend the hearing even if Ms Ford did not show up.

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