American Bar Association: Delay Kavanaugh until FBI investigates assault allegations

Saul Bowman
October 1, 2018

According to his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh plans to tell senators that he "said and did things in high school that make me cringe now" - but that he "never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes".

"I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh thundered.

Kavanaugh said he did not watch Blasey Ford's testimony but he categorically denied her allegations.

"I'm telling the truth", said Kavanaugh. "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened".

"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh said. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", he said, addressing them. "You may defeat me in the final vote but you'll never get me to quit".

Blasey Ford, wearing glasses and a sober dark blue suit, appeared nervous but poised as she sat at the witness table, consulting occasionally with her lawyer. In the hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, former committee chair Joe Biden asked President George H.W. Bush to order an investigation and he did. She said she came forward not for political reasons, but because it was her "civic duty".

"If Brett Kavanaugh can be this angry on national TV, imagine what he's like when he gets inebriated". "I like beer", he said, but he also said he had never passed out and never attacked Ms Ford. She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.

"Indelible into the hippocampus is the laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford said. Acknowledging that their support for Kavanaugh was based in part on his standing as a "committed textualist" who might help rewrite the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, the editors said his nomination is now woven into the discussion of how to treat women who report harassment and abuse.

Mr Trump made clear he was sticking with Mr Kavanaugh, tweeting immediately after the hearing that Mr Kavanaugh's testimony was "powerful, honest and riveting".

Stefanowski drew groans at a debate on Wednesday, the day before Ford's testimony, when he responded to a question on the confirmation by saying, "I'm going to pass on that".

Monica Nicodemus, his wife, said that watching the morning's testimony, "you could definitely tell that Miss Ford was going through a lot of pain and suffering".

One Republican facing re-election this November, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, called Ford's allegations serious and said they should be fully investigated.

The first question is a bit easier to answer, while senators and other USA government representatives can request assistance or information from the FBI, the actual assigning of an investigation or task to them can only be done by the president or at the president's request. "And it would be hard to justify - these allegations are coming up about him, but not other people - how do they justify putting him in such an important role?"

Sen. Lindsey Graham, his voice rising in anger, called the hearing the "most unethical sham since I've been in politics". Kavanaugh said that the allegations-all three of them-were false and have irreparably damaged his reputation and damaged his family life. For decades to come I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.

"Their goal is to delay this past the midterms", he said.

"When Donald Trump wins, there are no rules [for the Democrats]", he said. She said her father was an alcoholic. "I've opposed Kavanaugh from day one because he poses a grave threat to Roe v. Wade, the Affordable Care Act, and critical consumer and environmental protections".

Last Sunday, September 22, the New Yorker came up with an interview of 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez who also accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a drunken dormitory when he was a freshman at Yale.

Swetnick is the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct and the first to speak about it publicly on television.

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