Nomination of Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh thrown into crisis

Pauline Gross
September 18, 2018

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Prof Ford's testimony should be heard. She also said that "Judge Kavanaugh should also testify as to these 36-year-old allegations".

"The standard procedure for updates to any nominee's background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties", said the statement.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, detailed her allegations in the Washington Post at the weekend.

Katz described Ford's recollection of the incident in stark terms, going as far as saying her client considered it an attempted rape.

"I talked to [Kavanaugh] on the phone today...[he said] he didn't do that, and he wasn't at the party", Hatch said. After his confirmation, in an ABC News / Washington Post poll, 62% of Americans said Thomas should have been confirmed compared to 34% who said he should not.

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012.

The White House official says that the Trump administration will try its best to discredit the allegations, pointing out the fact that they were made so late in the confirmation process and so many years after the alleged crime occurred.

Democrats, however, say that Judiciary Committee staff calls with Kavanaugh and Ford are insufficient.

Before the allegations against Kavanaugh became public, Blunt touted Kavanaugh's personal background in a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month and criticized Democratic efforts to slow his nomination.

Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House, which has stood by the judge in the face of the accusations.

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According to NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell, Hatch on Monday said that he had spoken with Kavanaugh and had found him to "honest" and "straightforward" in his denials about Ford's accusations.

The Judiciary Democrats, in their letter to Chairman Grassley of Iowa, said serious questions have been raised about Kavanaugh's "record, truthfulness and character".

The accuser said the now-Supreme Court nominee "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it".

President Trump praises Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid allegations of sexual misconduct; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

Demand Justice, one of the leading anti-Kavanaugh groups on the left, told ABC News Monday that they are planning a $700,000 television and digital advertising blitz in four states, Alaska, Colorado, Maine and Nevada, that will focus on Dr. Ford's allegations.

Blunt, a member of Senate leadership, has given full-throated support to Kavanaugh's nomination.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican committee member, said he "would gladly" hear from Ford if she wanted to appear before the panel, but it would have to be done quickly.

Four lawyers who used to work for Democratic Senators are accusing Brett Kavanaugh of making "many misleading and false statements" during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and they claim they're certain he wasn't telling the truth because they were there during a key period in Kavanaugh's career.

Trump's fellow Republicans in the Senate, which must confirm Supreme Court appointments, looked for a way forward.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP will review the sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh "by the book" with bipartisan interviews on the Judiciary Committee.

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