Senators wait to see if Kavanaugh accuser will testify

Marsha Scott
September 22, 2018

But as Senators left town for the week, they headed home unsure as to whether Ford would be on Capitol Hill for testimony next Monday, as Ford's lawyers echoed calls by Democrats for a full Federal Bureau of Investigation review of her charge against Kavanaugh - before any hearing could take place.

US President Donald Trump stood firmly by his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Monday after allegations that the conservative judge sexually assaulted a woman when they were teenagers threatened to derail the nomination process.

Grassley told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that Ford has not accepted his request to appear before the committee. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel.

Additionally, Democratic senators are calling for more witnesses and more time for the FBI to investigate the allegations.

Kavanaugh and Ford have been asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

"I believe her, and I think she's very courageous for coming this far", Ford's adviser Ricki Seidman told Politico.

"I would be surprised to hear if anybody had anything bad to say about Chrissy", Semerad Guerry said, using a nickname for Ford.

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She said Kavanaugh also tried to remove her one-piece bathing suit and put a hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.

"That way, senators will have necessary information and expert analysis at their disposal at the hearing making it much less likely that it will devolve into a "he said, she said" affair", he said.

"Let's create a fund to cover her security expenses, to do just a bit to make it easier for women in her position to come forward despite great risks", Feldman said before deciding to pause the fundraiser until she learns more about Blasey's security needs.

Republican sources on Capitol Hill say it's uncertain if the hearing scheduled for next Monday to address the accusation against Kavanaugh will occur.

Ford's lawyers responded on Tuesday, saying that she would not testify publicly until a "full investigation by law enforcement officials" had been completed. 24 in which both Kavanaugh and Ford are invited to testify.

Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) wants each to testify under oath before the committee, and to answer questions from opposing counsel. She also has questioned the speed of the hearing and the fact that there will be only two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford.

Grassley has rejected Leahy's request for such an investigation. The FBI investigated the sexual harassment claims Anita Hill leveled against Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation process in 1991. However, the public did not know Ford was Kavanaugh's accuser until she came forward in an interview with the Washington Post that was published on Sunday. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

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