Graham willing to hear Kavanaugh accuser

J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

J. Scott Applewhite APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

Screenshot via Grabien NewsChristine Ford, a woman from Judge Brett Kavanaugh's past, has made serious accusations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee.

Almost three decades after her own courageous testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991, Anita Hill on Tuesday spoke out about the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh and urged lawmakers not to repeat the mistakes that were made back then.

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee. "But just to make sure the American people and the Senate Judiciary Committee have all the information available when considering this lifetime appointment", said Berenzweig. "So it kind of raises the question.do they want to come to (the) publichearing or not?"

Hill wrote in the New York Times Tuesday that Kavanaugh's hearings should not be rushed, and that an independent, neutral body should investigate Ford's claims. The things that I would say, oooooh. Dianne Feinstein of California, had a letter from Ford outlining the alleged attack.

In the end, "I doubt very seriously any minds will be changed by this", says Ross Baker, a political scientist and expert on the Senate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Lawyer Debra Katz, who is representing Ford, said her client was willing to testify about her allegation before the Senate panel. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas. He said in a statement Monday that he wanted to "refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

A day earlier, Republicans abruptly agreed to hold a public judiciary committee hearing at which Kavanaugh and Ford have been invited to testify.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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According to Ford, Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at party when they were teenagers.

But Republicans and Democrats also appear divided on how to proceed, with Republicans asserting that a Judiciary Committee hearing, scheduled for Monday, is the best venue, and some Democrats calling for the FBI to open and complete a full investigation before the Senate proceeds. "Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school, but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter", he said. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has not delayed the vote.

Leahy did not weigh in on the matter again until late Monday morning, when he joined all of his fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in ordering its chair, Sen.

Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas. Kavanaugh has accepted the invitation to testify.

Vulnerable Republican House incumbents have largely avoided the issue, which flared Monday in northern Virginia's suburbs, where GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock is fighting for her political survival.

"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. He then compared the hearing, which would allow Blasey Ford to tell her story to the entire nation, to something out of Russian Federation. All 11 Republicans on the committee are men.

In the interview with Seven Days, Leahy said he learned of Blasey Ford's allegations last week, when he was pulled of the floor of the Senate during a debate over a trio of appropriations bills. The therapist's notes describe four boys being in the room in which the episode happened, rather than the two she now says were there.

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