Feinstein's opponent seizes on her role in Kavanaugh fight

Feinstein's opponent seizes on her role in Kavanaugh fight

Feinstein's opponent seizes on her role in Kavanaugh fight

Posted: Sep. 18, 2018 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

"That's very puzzling to me", she said about the uncertainty of Ford's appearance.

Ford's attorney Lisa Banks said Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" following the release of Ford's letter that Ford will talk with the committee but that she's not prepared for a hearing that soon.

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed in an upstairs room while they were both attending a party in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 1982.

Kavanaugh has stringently denied the allegation.

Despite her decision not to come forward, the letter leaked and, with Ford's name redacted, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent it to the White House to be added to Kavanaugh's background file.

In short, Ford can use the hearing to put the senators, who have behaved shabbily, on defense. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions". Republicans are sensitive to the fact that only men serve on the GOP side of the judiciary committee.

Republicans could avoid the uncomfortable questioning by hiring outside counsel to do it. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". "We're ready to hear anything she has to say".

"I think now during this time period where very powerful men are being exposed for their actions from the past, I think the judiciary committee missed an opportunity to straight off kick him off and find someone else", he said.

President Trump told reporters Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should not investigate the allegation. He praised Kavanaugh, saying he was "at a level that we rarely see", but said he supported a review process in the Senate.

However, the public did not know Ford was Kavanaugh's accuser until she came forward in an interview with the Washington Post that was published on Sunday. The book featured a character named Bart O'Kavanaugh, whom many believe to be based on the Supreme Court nominee, who "passes out drunk and throws up in a vehicle".

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The California based research psychologist claimed Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her in the early 1980s when she was at high school.

"Her worst fears have materialized", the letter said. But he stressed that, "Monday is her opportunity".

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

"The important thing is to get this investigated", Feinstein said.

Jones is not a member of the committee, but his position on Kavanaugh is one of the most closely watched, as it could tip the balance of the vote in either direction.

Late Tuesday, Ford's attorneys wrote to the Judiciary Committee that she wants to cooperate.

"The responsibility falls to us", Hatch wrote, reiterating Grassley's offer to let Ford testify before the Judiciary Committee.

"Chairman Grassley condemns these threats toward Dr. Blasey".

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat, said Judge is needed "specifically and personally as an eyewitness to the occurrence".

President Trump amplified his support Tuesday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a sexual assault allegation, saying he feels "terribly" for Kavanaugh and his family.

As Democrats press for more time to investigate, Republicans have been careful to say that Ford should have her chance to speak, and they have stressed that they are willing to move Monday's hearing behind closed doors, if she prefers. Kavanaugh has denied it. Official: "FBI Will Not investigate Kavanaugh Unless the White House Demands It", said that he was told by a senior US official that the FBI will not investigate because what Ford is alleging is not a federal crime.

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