Minnesotans were split on Kavanaugh even before allegations

Aaron Brown
September 20, 2018

Maryland's US senators on Monday called the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "credible" and "very serious" and said the Senate must take the time to allow them to be aired before voting.

Christine Blasey Ford has alleged, publicly and on the record, a truly harrowing experience she had with Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland after both had been consuming alcohol.

When his staff secretary Rob Porter was accused by two ex-wives of spousal abuse, Trump expressed sorrow that a promising young aide's life had been ruined, even as he recognized that Porter could no longer work at the White House.

Fox News commentator Stephen Miller (no relation to the White House staffer) offered up some of the worst takes in the aftermath of Ford's revelations.

An official working closely with his team described Kavanaugh as "shaken, but focused", with the conversation revolving around "defending his integrity". That was when another woman accused a Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct. Before the hearings were announced, both indicated they were willing to testify about the allegations.

Mr. Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest people" anyone has ever known in response to reporters' question about him. But Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said that the vote should not be held until senators hear more about the allegations. Following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh's appointment would tilt the balance of the court to the right, potentially impacting American law for decades to come. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

"He's an outstanding intellect". "If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".

Murkowski told CNN Monday that she's open to a delay in the committee vote.

Kavanaugh, reportedly still in "good spirits", strongly denied the allegations in his own statement Monday, before heading to the White House.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation really should be involved because they don't want to be involved".

"The judge who I know very, very well, is an honest man, said this didn't happen", Hatch said, according to The Hill.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and who also sits on the judiciary committee, tweeted Sunday that "if Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh".

Ford and Katz, her lawyer, didn't return calls seeking comment. "We want to make sure everything is flawless, everything is just right". She alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

Ford, through her attorney, said she would be willing to appear before the committee. "If there are more questions that need to be asked and answered, then I think it would be appropriate for that time", she told the network. Senator Dianne Feinstein's handing of Ford's original letter - which sure reads to me like someone who is very willing to tell their story - seems very suspicious and may have been planned as an ingenious way to put Republicans in an impossible position.

Ford has presented a therapist's notes from 2012 about the assault and her husband's corroborating testimony, but this is not enough for Erickson. What sane judge would like to be the next Supreme Court nominee?

Kavanaugh now faces allegations of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both teenagers with the help of one of his friends from school.

Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public.

Dr Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said: "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

The Judiciary Committee is split between majority Republicans and Democrats 11-10.

After the meeting, Eshoo said Ford wrote and addressed a letter to Feinstein.

"I think that would be best for all involved, including the nominee", Corker reportedly said.

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