Republicans on Senate panel send letter to potential Kavanaugh party attendee

Republicans on Senate panel send letter to potential Kavanaugh party attendee

Republicans on Senate panel send letter to potential Kavanaugh party attendee

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were both in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, has been negotiating the conditions under which she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Testifying Monday, however, "is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Ford's lawyers wrote.

A scheduled Thursday vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed in order for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear directly from Ford.

"I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening, the Iowa Republican said in a statement".

Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn't speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the incident, which allegedly occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school. "That's when I will make my determination in regards to Judge Kavanaugh".

Fagen recalled how a Secret Service agent, during the chaos of that day, told her to run from her office amid fears a hijacked airliner could be headed toward the White House.

Before the president's tweets Friday, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was "no reason" to attack Ford.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place", Trump tweeted. While the committee may not have a process to deal specifically with sexual misconduct claims, he says it handles that and other sensitive allegations (violence, substance abuse, problems with truth telling) that come up when evaluating a nominee's fitness. Over many decades, when committee members had a concern about a nominee, senators were able to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into a matter, she says.

Ford wants to be questioned by senators, not a special counsel. The president has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women - all liars, he has said.

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In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020. "This is the same man who has been credibly accused of more than a dozen cases of sexual assault or harassment".

Perkins said McConnell had been methodical in attempting to win Kavanaugh's confirmation "but you've got to look at what he's working with". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July, shortly after Trump chose Kavanaugh as the nominee for Supreme Court justice. "I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter".

"If you want to have a longtime impact on what kind of country we're going to have for the next generation the single most consequential thing we can do is these lifetime appointment of men and women to the court who believe that the job of a judge is to follow the law", McConnell said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence on Thursday that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed. "I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", she told the Post.

Ford has not accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's invitation to testify about how she was allegedly assaulted by Kavanaugh in high school. Kavanaugh has denied all parts of the allegation. Trump continued, "let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!"

As the Kavanaugh #MeToo drama plays out on the national stage, observers are being cautioned about what to believe as reported by the mainstream media.

The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told Judiciary Committee staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues, according to a Senate aide who wasn't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

But, her lawyers indicate that they want an FBI investigation into the incident she has described before she agrees to speak. Still, the bare 51-49 Republican majority means they can lose just one vote and still approve him if all Democrats vote no.

Ford's team has sought guarantees of her safety because of death threats.

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