Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Does Not Deserve This'

George W. Bush stands by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegation Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Does Not Deserve This'
| 19 September, 2018, 20:35

The third person identified by Christine Blasey Ford as having been present in the room during what she alleged was a sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh wants no part of the Judiciary Committee proceedings.

"Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself in 2018". For many observers, the situation has strong echoes of Anita Hill's accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Thomas was confirmed - though by a 52-28 margin, the closest in modern history - but only after days of testimony from witnesses about his interactions with Hill in different government jobs.

They include: balancing public interest in the case with treating both sides fairly; establishing a "neutral investigative body with experience in sexual misconduct cases" to probe the allegations and report back to the committee; taking the time to thoroughly examine the case - "That the committee plans to hold a hearing this coming Monday is discouraging", Hill said. For 250 years we have believed the he in these scenarios. Overall, there are now 23 women in the Senate: 17 Democrats and six Republicans. "Ted Cruz in Texas".

In a statement issued Friday, Hill said, "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning.

In a written statement, Comstock said Kavanaugh and Ford "should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".


Lawyer Lisa Banks said before her client goes to Congress, she wants an FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh.

That the committee "still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that surface during a confirmation hearing suggests that the committee has learned little from the Thomas hearing", she concluded, "much less the more recent #MeToo movement".

That incident inspired a record number of women to run for federal office that cycle, including Murray, who was elected the following year.

"I want to hear from Dr Ford", he said. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect.

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense".

"If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that, but as you know, they say this is not really their thing". Ford said she decided it was her "civic responsibility" to come forward, and now a new hearing will take place.

"She will have the opportunity to be heard Monday", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at press conference Tuesday, while dodging a question about whether other potentially corroborating witnesses should be brought in to testify. "We should not have gotten to this point". Feinstein acknowledged her knowledge of the accusation last week but kept Ford's identity private until the Sunday Post article. She defended her decision to keep the letter private Tuesday, saying she was respecting Ford's own request for anonymity and following procedure for working with federal investigators. "We were going through all of that process". However, they're both more conservative than Collins and Murkowski.

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