Republicans on Senate panel send letter to potential Kavanaugh party attendee

We respect your sincerity Ma’am but please get out of our way. We can’t let unreliable lady memories complicate matters. We’re pushing a serious political agenda here

Senate Republicans, in an effort to confirm Brett Kavanaugh before the next Supreme Court session begins October 1, have made a counteroffer to Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who has accused nominee Brett Kavanaugh, without corroboration, of sexually assaulting her when both were in high school 36 years ago.

Amid allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, those surveyed say by 40 percent to 31 percent that the Senate shouldn't vote to approve his nomination, the first time a plurality of Americans have opposed a Supreme Court nominee since polling on the issue began.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, came forward earlier this week to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a party more than 30 years ago, when the two were in high school.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation he sexually assaulted Ford while drunk at a party in his high school years and said he would be willing to appear before the committee to refute it. Apparently, this additional evidence has had the opposite effect on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Chairman Chuck Grassley says if no agreement is reached the panel may vote Monday on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Grassley had scheduled the hearing for Monday for both Ford and Kavanaugh to appear to tell their stories.

The details of the alleged assault during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post last Sunday when Prof Ford chose to go public. Scared and alone on the street with nothing in her pockets, Fagen said she ran into Kavanaugh, who made sure she got home safely.

Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least this much regarding the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court: It's a mess. So, it's unclear why the White House is ride or die on Brett Kavanaugh. He would know. As he campaigned for president, 16 women had accused him of sexual assault, including on the set of The Apprentice. "I mean, you could also say when did this all happen, what is going on?" Ford has said Judge witnessed the alleged assault.

But they're eager to avoid the spectacle of 11 Republican men cross-examining a woman who says she's been victimized by a man. But advocates and lawyers say Trump's tweets ignore the reasons many victims do not report sexual assault right away - or even come forward at all. Interviews with almost a dozen women across the country this week suggested a nuanced reaction to the news in Washington that could pose risks to both parties.

Host Chuck Todd said that it seemed like a "no-brainer" for President Donald Trump to scrap Kavanaugh and nominate somebody else for the Supreme Court, noting that Judge Amy Coney Barrett could excite the conservative base more than Kavanaugh. It's telling that the president tweeted out that "facts don't matter".

Ford met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for several hours about death threats she has received and wants to consider her response until Saturday.

Debra Katz released a statement, saying in part, "The 10:00 PM deadline is arbitrary".

Her views were echoed by Sandy Rios, 77, a Christian talk-radio-show host, who said that Ford's allegation undermined survivors of "real" sex abuse and needed to be placed in the context of teenage sexual antics.

"A person who is terrified during some life-threatening, traumatic event tends to experience a surge of stress hormones that tend to render the experience very memorable, very vivid", Harvard psychology professor Richard McNally says.

The senior Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, called Trump's logic "a highly offensive misunderstanding of surviving trauma".

Never before has a Supreme Court nominee faced more opposition than support in national polls.



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