Kavanaugh, Ford to testify at US Senate hearing on Monday

Geraldine Edwards
September 20, 2018

But he also told reporters he "really would want to see what she has to say", referring to Ford.

And I will say, too, Judy, that the context is very different.

Efforts to reach Katz for comment were unsuccessful.

The Justice Department has said the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent Ford's initial letter making the allegation against Kavanaugh to the White House and considers its role in the matter complete.

Mr Trump reiterated his defense of Judge Kavanaugh, who strongly denies the allegation.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would continue to back Kavanaugh, and he does not think an FBI investigation of allegations against him is necessary before the hearing.

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"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump told reporters at the White House. "That's an option that the committee has given her". The two appeared before a special Judiciary Committee hearing, told their separate stories, and Thomas ultimately was confirmed, 52-48.

On Monday, Republicans abruptly agreed to hold a public hearing on Ford's accusation under pressure from senators demanding that the nominee and his accuser give public, sworn testimony before any vote.

Hyde-Smith questioned the timing of the revelation by Sen. Some could even call a presidential order for the FBI to investigate a state-law matter to be an abuse of power.

On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked if she had heard from any other women about Kavanaugh. "You don't wait until the hearing is over and then, all of a sudden, bring it up", Trump said. "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", the Senator said. She said she managed to escape once Kavanaugh's friend, identified as Mark Judge, jumped on top of them.

Helena Chmura Kraemer, a professor emeritus at Stanford who has worked closely with Ford, told the Mercury News she has worked on topics including depression in young adults and post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and specializes in designing statistical models to accurately reflect data from academic research.

"Guess who is perpetrating all of these kinds of actions?"

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The GOP chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said an FBI investigation wouldn't have bearing on Ford's testimony so "there is no reason for further delay". But that creates a no-win situation because then the president's opponents who are now attacking Kavanaugh could accuse the White House of political interference with a law enforcement investigation, directing an agency to act outside its jurisdiction.

Asked about the situation several times during the day, Trump did not mention Ford's name but said he felt "terribly" for Kavanaugh, his wife "and for his attractive young daughters". "The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers". "I feel terribly for them". "Would you support such a thing?". "Cristina King was able to keep the chorus members in tune as they trooped up to Hill and Lawrenceville to dazzle the boys with their talent and good looks", the club's yearbook page reads.

As it turns out, it's not true that the FBI doesn't do investigations like this. If Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh, so will all the other Republicans, including Jeff Flake, which is all Kavanaugh needs.

That could result in a tense replay of the lurid 1991 hearing on Clarence Thomas, the conservative Supreme Court justice accused of repeated sexual harassment by a former assistant, Anita Hill.

"This nomination should not be treated differently simply because of an artificial deadline to rush the confirmation process", the letter states.

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