Brett Kavanaugh: Donald Trump doubts sex assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee

Saul Bowman
September 20, 2018

Hill, who is most famous for accusing then-judge Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment back in the 1990s, during his own confirmation hearing, demanded that the FBI investigate the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh in order to avoid the same "sham proceeding" she experienced.

Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said Wednesday that "it's unreasonable" for the Senate Judiciary Committee to "force her hand without doing the appropriate investigation".

Ford is a professor, so some of Kavanaugh's online defenders chose to dig up student reviews of her classes.

"I really want to see her", Trump told reporters before leaving town Wednesday morning to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence. "But I can say that I think that once there was a leak, that my constituent's fears were being confirmed".

The legal team's letter says that Prof Ford's family has been forced to move out of their home, her email has been hacked and she has been impersonated online.

The Justice Department previously said that the allegation "does not involve any potential federal crime" to warrant an FBI investigation.

"I have reopened the hearing because I believe that anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual assault has a right to be heard, and because it is the Committee's responsibility to fully evaluate the fitness of a nominee to the Supreme Court", the Iowa Republican wrote.

A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections - when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control - plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.

Yesterday, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford were hesitant to commit to a public hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee that would subject her to more trauma and raise her profile even higher with critics who would seek to do her harm.

Feinstein said late on Monday that with Hill's allegations the FBI had carried out an investigation.

Smyth is quoted in the letter saying: "Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women".

King, who lives in Mexico City, according to her Facebook page, said she is opposed to Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court because "he goes against everything sacred to me as a woman, mother, daughter, Latina, American and professional".

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

Ford, who's now a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, said she escaped when Judge jumped on top of them and she managed to get free. That underscores a desire to avoid antagonizing female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic.

President Donald Trump says "we'll have to make a decision" if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual-assault accuser "makes a credible showing" before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I have no information to offer the Committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford's letter", Judge added.

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?"

Last week, the US President's candidate said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate. "They've already postponed a major hearing". "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date". At the time, Hill did speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in advance of hearings, says Above the Law Executive Editor Elie Mystal.

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