Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) listens during a markup hearing September 13 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Feinstein has demanded that the confirmation vote be postponed until the FBI investigates claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Iowa's Chuck Grassley, says an FBI investigation wouldn't have any bearing on Ford's testimony so "there is no reason for further delay".
President Trump took questions on his embattled Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, as he left the White House en route to North Carolina and SC to survey Hurricane Florence damage. "This might take a week or two to get all of this together, but what difference does one or two weeks make when you're talking about a lifetime appointment". She could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
Debra S. Katz, Ford's attorney, said on NBC's "Today" show that Ford was ready to testify publicly to the Judiciary panel, but she did not respond Monday evening to efforts to learn whether she would appear.
Democrats, already fiercely opposed to Kavanaugh, whose confirmation could consolidate the conservative grip on the top US court, had demanded a delay in the committee's vote to let the FBI investigate.
While that's the biggest problem with the Wall Street Journal editorial on Ford and Kavanaugh, it's not the only one. It added the alleged misconduct "does not involve any potential federal crime". The agency conducted background checks six times over the years on Kavanaugh. Other Republicans are suggesting that Ford will have only this one opportunity to testify. "She is", Katz said. Earlier this year, she asked a top Immigration and Custom Enforcement official if he'd send his child to family detention centers if they were so much like "summer camps".
Ford has told the committee she doesn't wish to testify without an FBI investigation. Senate Republicans followed Kavanaugh's denial by releasing a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and attested that "he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect".
The article had first stated that Ford said Judge was in the room with her and Kavanaugh, and that Judge remembered the incident. Like Kavanaugh, Thomas strongly denied the accusation against him. And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up.
If Ford declines to appear at the scheduled Judiciary Committee hearing next Monday, there is no guarantee Republicans will agree to delay the scheduled confirmation vote again.
Republicans' control of the Senate means they need no Democratic support to confirm Kavanaugh. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire come in to do the questioning since there are no Republican women on the Judiciary Comittee.
"Now this is really what #MeToo is all about, if you think about it", said Sen. Some, including Grassley, have questioned the fairness of making Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination for an assault that, if true, he would have committed at 17 (the other side contends that if the alleged assault occurred, no matter when it was, Kavanaugh shouldn't be appointed to a potentially lifetime position).
The lawyers wrote that Ford, who is now a college professor in California, wants to co-operate with the committee.
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