Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

American Bar Association calls for renewed Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

American Bar Association calls for renewed Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Kavanaugh

The controversy over sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spilled into governor's races across the country as the woman at the center of the claims told her story to a riveted nation.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh said in an opening statement during which his voice shook with anger, repeatedly fighting back tears.

Even Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the bedroom when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, has not denied that such an episode took place.

Moments after the hearing finished, Trump tweeted that Kavanaugh "showed America exactly why I nominated him".

After Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, the American Bar Association does what it almost always does: it offered its assessment of the jurist's professional qualifications. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting.

"I welcome whatever the committee wants to do", he said.

In an apparent effort to appeal to senators on the fence, as well as to clear his name and unload on what he described as a deeply unfair and partisan process, Kavanaugh abandoned much of his prepared remarks to blast the proceedings as a "disgrace" and a "circus".

Democrats grew impatient in their line of questioning when Kavanaugh answered evasively on whether or not he'd ask the White House to conduct an FBI background investigation on the allegations against him from three female accusers. If all Democrats oppose the nomination, just two GOP senators would sink Kavanaugh's confirmation if they were to oppose him as well. She said she came forward not for political reasons, but because it was her "civic duty".

Dershowitz echoed the widespread call for an investigation after the emotional testimony of Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, earlier in the day.

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During 4 hours of emotionally intense testimony, Blasey Ford said she was "100%" certain that Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982, and that it was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity.

"Among those watching Dr. Ford's testimony was Judge Kavanaugh, a committee aide said, from a monitor in another room in the Dirksen Senate Building, where he awaits the opportunity to tell his side of the story later today", The Journal reported. "I like beer", he said, but he also said he'd never passed out and never attacked Ford. And when my nomination to the Supreme Court was just about to be voted on...

The federal judge actually cried as he described the toll the allegations have taken on his parents, his wife, and his ten-year-old daughter, repeating that none of them harbor any "ill will" for Ford or her family.

In 1991, there was also no #MeToo movement, the vast cultural and legal reckoning of the previous year on the issue of sexual misconduct that has toppled several powerful men in media, entertainment and business - and even the onetime federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski, who Kavanaugh clerked for early in the 1990s.

Blasey Ford, wearing glasses and a sober dark blue suit, appeared nervous but poised as she sat at the witness table, consulting occasionally with her lawyer.

As to whether he had a message for undecided senators like Collins and Murkowski, Trump said "they have to do what they think is right" and be comfortable with themselves.

"Lindsey Graham has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined". She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams, and testified, "I believed he was going to rape me". "And it would be hard to justify - these allegations are coming up about him, but not other people - how do they justify putting him in such an important role?" Kavanaugh needed to come out swinging.

But Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, hit out at the Democrats following Blasey Ford's testimony.

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