Kavanaugh's accuser NOT ready to testify against Trump's supreme court nominee

Calvin Saunders
September 21, 2018

A classmate who corroborated California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her back in high school retreated from her claims on Thursday because she "had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend" them.

Only the White House can order the FBI to get involved, since Professor Blasey Ford is not accusing Mr Kavanaugh of a federal crime.

But amid uncertainty over Kavanaugh's fate and even whether next Monday's scheduled hearing would occur, Trump cast fresh doubt on whether the alleged 1980s attack even happened.

"I'm very supportive", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"We'll have to make a decision".

"In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country", Ford's attorneys, Debra S. Katz and Lisa J. Banks, said in the letter to Grassley.

She has accused Mr Kavanaugh of pushing her into a bedroom, trying to remove her clothes and covering her mouth with his hand during a house party in 1982 when they were both teenagers.

It was unclear whether Ford would testify, regardless of whether the FBI makes the unlikely move to launch a formal investigation into the allegation, or whether the Judiciary Committee calls for more witnesses.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake is criticizing an Instagram post from President Donald Trump's eldest son that mocked the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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"One of the political costs of failing to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is likely the loss of the United States Senate", warned Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, who added, "If Republicans were to fail to defend and confirm such an obviously and eminently qualified and decent nominee then it will be very hard to motivate and energize faith-based and conservative voters in November".

Both cited an email the lawyers sent to the committee seeking to negotiate a new date for the hearing, after committee chairman Chuck Grassley set a deadline of Friday morning to agree to appear on Monday. The official said there are several current threats against the Kavanaughs that law enforcement deems credible, while several others have been opened and closed since he was nominated.

"If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay", Sen. "If she shows up that would be wonderful".

Unfortunately, Sen. Feinstein has done a tremendous disservice to Professor Ford and to the nation by the manner in which she has handled this accusation.

"I want to see what she [Prof Ford] has to say but I want to give it all the time they need", the Republican president said. That underscores a desire to avoid antagonizing female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations in no uncertain terms. In a now-deleted Facebook post, Miranda claimed that "The incident did happen" and that "many of us heard about it in school".

Democrats, already fiercely opposed to the nominee, have also been seeking an FBI investigation, a request that Republicans have rebuffed.

Those demands are "not about finding the truth, but delaying the process until after the midterm elections", Senator Graham, a Judiciary panel member, said in a statement.

Banks added that Ford has been "thrust into the spotlight" and isn't able to go home because she's receiving threats to her and her family's safety.

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