'Very hard for me' to believe Kavanaugh accuser

Elias Hubbard
September 19, 2018

Footage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh commenting: "whatever happens at Georgetown prep stays at Georgetown prep" has been circulating online in the wake of a sexual assault allegation made against him.

He pointed to a correction in a New York Times article that said it misstated what Mark Judge, an alleged witness to the Kavanaugh incident, had said.

"As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard".

Ford, on the other hand, has demanded an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry before she testifies her charges at a US Senate hearing scheduled for next Monday. Democrats in general are complaining that the process is being rushed, but some women are seeing a deeper - and possibly insidious - narrative, especially if Republicans go ahead with Monday's hearing without Ford.

However, the Republicans were careful not to sound insensitive in the case as they openly supported the upcoming Monday's hearing against the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was unclear whether that goal would have to be adjusted.

The stakes of such a hearing for Kavanaugh, who will also testify, are obvious. "But I'm not going to look at one thing in this guy's life", Graham said of next Monday's hearing.

"Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women".

A reporter had asked if Kavanaugh's vote and a potential FBI investigation were helped by the fact that there are other women on the committee.

She announced that she had signed the open letter on Twitter Monday night.

"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward.

The White House on Friday released a statement from Kavanaugh in which the nominee said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Trump said he feels "terribly" for Kavanaugh and the judge's wife and daughters, because they've been caught in the middle of a Democratic effort to "obstruct" his presidency.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney, Barbara Van Gelder.

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation, a request Republicans rebuffed.

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in suburban Maryland.

While that's the biggest problem with the Wall Street Journal editorial on Ford and Kavanaugh, it's not the only one. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) went a step further, asking Grassley to allow Ford's counsel to cross examine Kavanaugh.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that'll be very interesting", the president said, adding that he "really would want to see what she has to say". Without Kennedy on the court, the justices are split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

President Donald Trump has upped his defence of Kavanaugh and expressed sympathy toward his nominee, who met with officials at the White House for a second straight day though not with the President.

Trump blamed Democrats for the delay weeks before the US midterm congressional elections on November 6, but he said there was enough time to get his pick confirmed before the elections.

Grassley told Hewitt that he has not heard from Blasey Ford yet, saying the committee has reached out to her.

Democrats have comported themselves horribly during the Kavanaugh hearings, but no one has been more irresponsible than Warren.

Katz told CBS that Ford had consumed a beer but was not drunk.

Another friend, Julie Devol, said: "I knew him since 1980, this is not his personality". The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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