Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford moves, hires security

Hannah Rogers
September 19, 2018

In a major twist to his confirmation saga, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, said their client was not prepared to testify in a public hearing offered by Republicans unless the FBI first investigates her allegations.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

It could mean the committee will only hear Judge Kavanaugh's version of events, as Adam Liptak of the New York Times explains.

He has issued full-throated denials of all the allegations. Should he order such a review, it would likely delay a confirmation vote until after the election.

The former Democratic presidential nominee said on MSNBC on Tuesday the relevant precedent is the FBI's investigation of Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegation against Clarence Thomas in 1991. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not hold a vote on Obama's nominee Merrick Garland, and Hirono said Democrats could do the same if they had the Senate.

The White House appeared eager to resolve the matter quickly. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and Ford came forward publicly over the weekend.

Will Ford testify before the Senate?

Christine Blasey Ford said that she would not testify next week, unless there is a proper FBI investigation first.

"No, I'm not", Mr Trump said when asked if he was concerned what Manafort might say.

The committee's planned vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation on Thursday was delayed after Democrats and a few key Republican lawmakers expressed hesitation about moving forward. The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime.

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Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

John Decker: "To that end, what would be the problem with the FBI reopening their background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh?"

Garland-the chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia-waited 10 months for a vote, a hearing, even a meeting with key Republican senators that never were forthcoming after being named by President Barack Obama in early 2016 to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. ". Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton".

"I think we all know when a situation is stacked", Hirono told CNN on Wednesday. "And we want to get it over with", Mr Trump said.

Katz told U.S. media her client had been ambivalent about the pressure that would come with speaking out publicly. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning. But I can only say this: "he's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Mr Trump told reporters.

And in an unusually personal swipe, Schumer said McConnell was showing "unmitigated gall" to oppose delaying Kavanaugh's nomination after refusing for most of 2016 to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after Antonin Scalia died. Without Kennedy on the court, the justices are split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

Kavanaugh's supporters on the committee will want to vigorously defend him.

Asked Tuesday about being one of just four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee and how that will affect the nomination proceedings, the Hawaii Democrat said, "Of course it helps that there are women on that committee".

Feinstein said she did not disclose the allegation to the committee out of respect for Ford's request to remain anonymous.

"This is a tried and true Alinskyite tactic that unfortunately Democrats have been getting away with for decades", Barber complains.

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