Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh 'Does Not Deserve This'

Glen Norman
September 19, 2018

The US President has said that allegations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should not be investigated. If all other Republicans support Kavanaugh - which before the allegations appeared to be the case - the GOP would still need at least one of the two centrist senators, assuming no Democrats cross party lines.

"That the Senate Judiciary Committee still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that surface during a confirmation hearing suggests that the committee has learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement".

Prof Ford, a psychology lecturer in California, has accused Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly trying to remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both teenagers in a Washington DC suburb.

Abby Huntsman said she didn't like the politics surrounding this, pointing to how Dianne Feinstein received the letter in July and saying, "It seems as if the Democrats put this in a drawer and said, 'This is big and this is going to benefit us is if we use the time perfectly". She told theWashington Post that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her when both of them were in high school more than 30 years ago.

Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has called the allegation "completely false".

Flake said Monday he won't decide how he'll vote until Ford and Kavanaugh have testified.

Ford told the Post that, after Kavanaugh had allegedly pinned her on bed and began groping her, his Georgetown Prep classmate Mark Judge jumped on top of them and she was able to escape from the room where the alleged attack had occurred.

"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning.

"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident".

"They knew what they were doing", Mr. Trump said, casting Democrats' strategy as part of the long-standing liberal goal of resisting the president's agenda at every turn. Jeff Flake were the first to call for the Judiciary Committee to delay the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until after Ford has been heard from. Feinstein said she passed Ford's account on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said he had "no more information to offer the Committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described" by Ford.

And Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is challenging Heller, said that if Heller still has "no reservations" about confirming Kavanaugh, "then he isn't listening to Nevadans".

Ford's lawyer Debra Katz told The New York Times Sunday that Feinstein "did well by [Ford], and we do think that people took this decision away from her, and that's wrong".

That's a proposal President Trump himself rejected earlier Tuesday prior to the release of the letter from Ford's attorneys.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said Tuesday".

Thomas won confirmation by a vote of 52 to 48, with 11 Democrats supporting him in a Senate they controlled.

"Asking her to come forward in four or five days and sit before the Judiciary Committee on national tv is not a fair process", Banks continued. "It failed on both counts", Hill said.

Dowd also tweeted he apparently has no interest in treating accused men including Kavanaugh fairly.

"She will have the opportunity to be heard Monday", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at press conference Tuesday, while dodging a question about whether other potentially corroborating witnesses should be brought in to testify.

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