Blunt wants to investigate Kavanaugh allegations

Saul Bowman
September 18, 2018

With a sexual assault allegation against Donald Trump's United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh surfacing last week, and the woman who made the charge coming forward in a Washington Post interview on Sunday, Trump reportedly now plans to respond to the accusations by launching verbal attacks on the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist at Palo Alto University in the California Bay Area.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the Washington Post.

Taken together, the statements allow for the possibility that the Senate Judiciary Committee would receive dueling testimony about the alleged incident decades ago, which could threaten President Donald Trump's attempt to install a conservative in the place of frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, potentially altering the balance of the court for a generation.

My statement on Judge Kavanaugh. She first notified her Congressional representative of the allegation in July, but chose to remain anonymous. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband.

She said Mr Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it.

"It seemed like a lot of times the staff was cooperating at times ... about judicial nominations", Kavanaugh said at his recent hearing.

He added: "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes, to her or to anyone".

The White House said it is sticking by Kavanaugh's nomination to fill a vacancy on the court, the country's highest. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ms Ford says jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh.

The committee recently concluded four days of public hearings on the nomination and the panel's Republican chairman, Chuck Grassley, scheduled a Thursday vote on whether to recommend that the full Senate confirm Mr Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court.

On Fox News on Monday morning, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

The alleged incident happened more than 30 years ago, but Banks says Ford's recollection of the event is "crystal clear".

Her lawyer said Monday that she would be willing to testify.

"Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee", the Maine Republican said.

Trump acknowledged there could be a delay on the confirmation vote."I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months ... but with all of that being said, we want to go through the process..." Ford came forward as the author of the letter in an interview with the Washington Post published Sunday after details of her allegations were reported elsewhere.

Trump told reporters that "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay" to vet the allegations against Kavanaugh, who is now a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", his statement said. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is not on the committee but is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, told CNN a delay may be necessary.

"Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week", Grassley said.

Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, issued a statement calling for a delay.

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