Evangelical leaders furious with Republicans for even considering listening to Kavanaugh accuser

21 September, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • IN SPOTLIGHT Sen. Chuck Grassley, center has faced some criticism on how he has handled plans for letting a woman testify about her allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school

Chairman Chuck Grassely set the deadline in a letter he sent to the attorney of Christine Blasey Ford on Wednesday, giving the woman until Friday morning to respond to the committee's invitation scheduled for Monday.

Earlier this week and shortly after Chrstine Blasey Ford revealed herself as the woman behind anonymous accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh - from almost 40 years ago - her attorney said multiple times on a series of different television networks that her client was ready to testify and would "do whatever it takes" to have her story told.

Donald Trump has cast doubt on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Gillibrand and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray saying Thursday that Republicans should be "ashamed" for pushing forward without a fair investigation.

The duelling testimony had been expected to take place Monday in a piece of blockbuster Washington theatre, putting both Trump's bid to tilt the Supreme Court to the right and political momentum ahead of November midterm congressional elections into play. But Republicans have not budged from their view that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not need to intervene, or from their plan to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford on Monday.

Ford's lawyers had said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigated her allegation. Neither one of those options is useful if she wants to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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"To refuse to treat this properly and try to confirm Judge Kavanaugh at any cost tells women that once again they are not important and they are not to be believed", Gillibrand said, adding, "that you are worth less than a man's promotion". President Donald Trump has refused to do so regarding California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's charge against Kavanaugh.

Protesters wore pins reading "I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford" and filed silently into the Maine Republican's office.

Ms. Collins, a key vote on the nomination decision, has voiced her concern about Ms. Ford's allegations.

Grassley said Wednesday in a letter to California Sen.

"As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home". "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.

King posted similar remarks on her Twitter account, writing: "I graduated from Holton Arms, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge".

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Republicans have largely stood by Mr Kavanaugh's denials.

Democrats are casting Republicans as strong-arming a wronged woman, their eyes on a #MeToo movement that has caught fire and exploded the careers of dozens of male titans.

Republicans are resisting all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Hirono said Wednesday on CNN's "New Day" that committee is setting up a situation "where there is not even a modicum of fairness extended" to Ford without a proper FBI investigation into the incident. He said he has "never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Democrats' demands for an FBI investigation were a ploy to delay a confirmation vote and said the Judiciary committee should vote on Kavanaugh "as soon as possible".

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