Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Showdown hearing on Kavanaugh not set yet

Showdown hearing on Kavanaugh not set yet

"Scheduling a hearing for Monday, a week from when Dr. Ford made her accusations public is a shameful attempt to jam this through without giving anyone the time they need to investigate and put together the questions that need to be asked", Murray said.

Kavanaugh has said that he is willing to testify on this matter "if the Senate is willing to hear him", according to White House spokesman Raj Shah. Kavanaugh, who has denied the assault allegation, met with officials at the White House on Tuesday for a second straight day. He said in a statement Monday that he wanted to "refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

Asked by Hewitt if he was considering including a female counsel who would ask questions, Grassley said, "All those things are being taken into consideration".

The White House and Justice Department haven't instructed the FBI to investigate the matter, keeping them from probing the facts of the case. "So it kind of raises the they want to come to (the) publichearing or not?"

President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told reporters.

Still, the risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high.

The remarks by McConnell, R-Ky., seemed aimed at signaling that while Ford will be given her opportunity to detail her allegations under oath, party leaders - certainly for now - were not easing off their support of Trump's nominee.

Among the GOP defectors was Sen.

Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, urged Republicans not to "rush the hearings". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee.

McConnell, for his part, said the one-on-one Monday hearing was plenty to hear out both sides. She said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying.

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"I want to hear from Dr Ford", Grassley said. Neither Collins nor Murkowski faces re-election this fall.

Democrats see their arguments about treating women fairly as the best hope for either sinking the appellate judge's nomination or, should Kavanaugh win confirmation, amplifying their appeals to female voters in November. It soon emerged that the attorney sent a letter to the Republican Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley, asking that the FBI investigate Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh to "ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner".

"I would also note that she has medical records that corroborate these allegations that far predate Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination", Banks added in her Morning Edition interview, referring to notes from a 2012 couples therapy session, which the Post reviewed. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham".

Feinstein said on Tuesday there should be more than just two witnesses, possibly to include people who Ford previously confided in.

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said.

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.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who received Ford's letter over the summer, said she didn't reveal it to protect Ford's confidentiality. Thomas, the court's second black justice, was ultimately confirmed, but only after a nasty televised hearing in which Hill faced pointed questions from Republican senators and the nominee said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks".

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of trying to attack her and remove her clothing while he was drunk 36 years ago in a Maryland suburb outside Washington when they were students at different high schools.

Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.

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