Trump sees 'a little delay' for Kavanaugh, Dems dig in

Aaron Brown
September 20, 2018

Leah Vukmir, supported Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. It's not yet clear if allegations by Ford will lead to new hearings for Kavanaugh as Hill's did for Thomas almost 27 years ago.

Cornyn said Senate Republicans used a closed-door meeting Monday to agree to the public hearing.

The letter backing Kavanaugh is from women who vouch that they knew the federal appeals court judge personally as a high school student.

At the White House, Trump said he's open to a delay in order to keep the process going and eventually confirm Kavanaugh.

Mr. Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest people" anyone has ever known in response to reporters' question about him. He is an outstanding intellect and outstanding judge respected by everybody. "Never even had a little blemish on his record". He told reporters at the White House: "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay". "She should testify under oath, and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said.

In a statement earlier on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false".

"Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner", Grassley said. The person she places at the scene of the assault, Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge, has said twice that he has no clue where this claim is coming from, as has Kavanaugh himself.

Sources told CNN that Kavanaugh has hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to represent him. Her campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday. 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. Like Kavanaugh, Thomas denied he had acted inappropriately. Patty Murray, D-Washington, said recently on Twitter that she first ran for the Senate "after my daughter and I watched Anita Hill being grilled by an all-male Judiciary Committee that didn't look anything like me or so many others across the country and that wasn't asking the questions so many of us wanted asked".

He issued a statement Monday through his campaign playing it down the middle on Kavanaugh, saying his "default setting" is to believe victims and give them the benefit of the doubt as investigations proceed.

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"I think she's mistaken", the 84-year-old Republican said of Ford.

The GOP's announcement of a September 24 hearing follows a daylong scramble in Washington to assess Kavanaugh's prospects after Ford revealed her identity to The Washington Post.

Ford, a psychology professor in California, claims that at a party in the 1980s when she was 15, Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, and a friend drunkenly cornered her in a bedroom and allegedly pinned her down, groped her, and attempted to pull off her clothes.

July 2018: Ford reached out to the Post's tip line as Kavanaugh's name appeared on the shortlist to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. "She is willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth". Dianne Feinstein via a letter through Eshoo's office.

The decision to schedule the session came after 24 hours of bipartisan pressure on Grassley to investigate the charges made in a letter by Christine Blasey Ford.

"I really think it".

"This is not a politically motivated action", she said.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, another major organization on the left fighting against Kavanaugh's nomination, released two new online ads Monday targeting Heller and Maine Sen. "Feinstein did everything to protect the privacy of our mutual constituent". So she'll come before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she'll make these allegations. Her attorney said Ford is "not motivated at all by politics".

Ford did not tell anyone about the incident at the time, but The Washington Post reviewed notes from a therapist she saw in 2012 detailing the incident.

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