Kavanaugh Accuser Open To Testifying About Sexual Assault Allegations

For some teachers Kavanaugh's nomination is a civics lesson for the #MeToo era

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Miranda's new comments are a significant development in what remains a largely "she said, he said" account of events between Ford and Kavanaugh. But she doesn't belong to the Judiciary Committee.

"We applaud your courage in coming forward for the public good and we will be with you as you face the inevitable backlash", the women continued.

How might that have to work?

Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen.

After Grassley rebuffed the request for an FBI investigation and President Donald Trump downplayed the notion, Ford's attorney Lisa Banks said on Wednesday that "the rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth".

That would create the very risk that a vote might not be held before October 1, if procedural roadblocks arose (and they would). Republican moderates could start to waver, effectively defeating the nomination - and infuriating the conservative base.

For Trump, approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary more to the right. We're going to fund the government. At each step, committee Democrats have publicly echoed Ford's call for a delayed hearing.

The tweet was Trump's strongest indication of support for Brett Kavanaugh yet, after the president had spent much of the week vowing he would listen respectfully to Ford's allegations.

Why did Feinstein wait so long?




Republicans have rejected the comparisons to the Hill proceedings.

Democrats have objected to the deadline, not wanting to let the hearing degenerate into Kavanaugh's word against Ford's. Her colleagues and Republicans both have criticized her for the way she has handled this situation.

Thursday morning, in an interview with National Public radio, Miranda admitted that although she felt "empowered" to tell her story suggesting firsthand, contemporaneous knowledge of the alleged assault, but as far as whether the alleged assault actually occurred, well, Miranda says, "That it happened or not, I have no idea". Ford told the Washington Post earlier this week that she did not tell her parents, or anyone else, about the alleged assault in its immediate aftermath-she was afraid to tell them she had been at a party where there had been underage drinking. At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making any noises.

At issue are logistics - Christine Blasey Ford's security, her questioners, the placement of reporters and who is allowed in the hearing room. But Tuesday, she began insisting on an FBI investigation of her allegations and said other witnesses should also participate in a hearing.

Exactly. All this is also taking place amid a thick bramble of political maneuvering. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?"

Or as a Justice Department statement phrased it earlier this week: "The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation".

Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation. In a letter to the committee, Ford's lawyers said that she would be open to appearing before the panel, but that an appearance Monday "was not possible". Mark Judge sent a letter to Grassley's committee saying he had "no memory" of the incident Dr. Ford disclosed.

Kavanaugh has said he wants to deny Ford's accusation in sworn testimony, and as soon as possible.

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