Grassley to Kavanaugh accuser: Reach deal or Senate panel votes Monday

Nellie Chapman
September 22, 2018

Katz also asked the committee for information about how the hearing would unfold - how many rounds of questions will be permitted by each member; whether Mark Judge, whom Ford named as an eyewitness and participant in the incident, would be subpoenaed; whether the committee would agree not to have Kavanaugh present during her testimony; and what would be done to ensure Ford's safety during the testimony.

US President Donald Trump introduces his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 9, 2018.

"He said / she said" has become part of the lexicon of language used to discuss sexual assault cases for a reason.

Even moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would be "unfair" to Kavanaugh if Ford decides to not appear, and others were urging leaders to proceed quickly to a vote. Allowing only committee staffers to investigate is not adequate, she told the PBS News Hour this week.

How might that have to work?

By refusing to call Mark Judge as a witness, and refusing to direct the FBI to investigate, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the president are in lockstep.

The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file. "I think it's, a, very unfair thing what's going". These are the conditions she is asking for, according to the Senate aides.

Bush - a Republican who had nominated Thomas and wanted to confirm him - agreed. Feinstein has said she sought to protect Ford, whose letter to lawmakers outlining the allegation against Kavanaugh requested confidentiality.

In light of the recent allegations made against Kavanaugh and what you previously knew of him, do you think he should sit on the Supreme Court?

Sen. Grassley noted that he will be extending the deadline for Professor Ford's attorney until "10:00 Pm ET" this evening.

A look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh
A look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Mr Kavanaugh was seen at the White House on Thursday. It looks like Grassley has the votes to move ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Ford, 51, has accused Kavanaugh, 53, of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were both in high school.

At the time, an all-male panel of Republicans ruthlessly smeared Hill's character, sparking a national backlash from women infuriated by her treatment. She is willing to undergo an FBI investigation and testify under oath before the Senate.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted in reply to Trump that sexual assault and domestic violence are two "of the most under-reported crimes in society, this is a fact & in the past the law enforcement community has not done a good job of creating safe spaces for victims". She says she needs time to secure her home and family. She wants the FBI to investigate to establish a baseline of facts about what she and others say before she'll agree to talk to the Judiciary Committee, especially in a public hearing.

It's against the law to lie to Congress, but lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is considered really serious. "But many times what happens in these circumstances is that a lot of the peripheral details - ones that are not really central to the experience itself - are either not encoded at all into memory, or they are but then are forgotten because they're not that important, or they're possibly misremembered when the person recalls the event later".

Exactly. All this is also taking place amid a thick bramble of political maneuvering.

"The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee".

Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings have been delayed for days as Senate Republicans negotiate with Ford's attorneys over whether she will testify about her claims on Capitol Hill next week.

Professor Ford has told the panel she would prefer the committee not use outside counsel to question her because that would make it seem too much like a trial, the attorney told the panel. Ford does not enjoy being in enclosed spaces, her friends told the network.

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