Monday, 22 October, 2018

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Signs Letter Supporting Kavanaugh Accuser

J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018 J. Scott Applewhite APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018
Jeannette Daniel | 18 September, 2018, 22:39

"We can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat", Leahy said in a separate statement issued later Monday morning.

Feehery is unsure whether there will be a backlash against #MeToo but he and others underscore the politics - and arguably, the double standards - at play in this and other high-stakes instances involving sexual harassment, assault, or other indiscretions.

"You're never going to know everything about a nominee, but you want to - and you try to, " said Thomas Rath, who was a leading member of the effort to prepare David Souter for his 1990 Supreme Court confirmation hearings and for the successful 90-9 vote on the Senate floor.

It was unfair to Kavanaugh, unfair to his accuser and unfair to Feinstein's colleagues - Democrats and Republicans alike - on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said Monday in a written statement.

Liberal senators sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee are using this to call for a postponement of the final decision on Kavanaugh's nomination.

All that's certain at the moment is that a hearing is scheduled for Monday, and that both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford have been invited and have expressed an openness to participating to publicly tell their side of the story.

Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House, which has stood by the judge in the face of the accusations.

Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy (seated) with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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These two former girlfriends joined 65 other women who knew Kavanaugh in high school in vouching for the judge's character. The committee has set a hearing to review both people's testimony on Monday.

The remarks by McConnell, R-Ky., seemed aimed at signaling that while Ford will be given her opportunity to detail her allegations under oath, party leaders - certainly for now - were not easing off their support of President Donald Trump's nominee.

In the interview with Seven Days, Leahy said he learned of Blasey Ford's allegations last week, when he was pulled of the floor of the Senate during a debate over a trio of appropriations bills.

The accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, who is waiting for the Senate to vote on his nomination, came earlier this month. All of the Democrats on the judiciary committee sent a letter to Grassley earlier in the day asking to delay the hearing until the FBI conducted a thorough investigation.

Among the GOP defectors was Sen.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told reporters she would like the chance to observe Dr Ford to decide the credibility of her account.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens. Kavanaugh has trotted out a slew of people attesting to his good character, making it clear that he and his Republican supporters believe who he is as a person is directly relevant to his fitness as a supreme court justice. "The Post says Ms. Ford contacted the paper via a tip line in July but wanted to remain anonymous".

Collins said it would it be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh had lied about the allegations, but said she did not have information to asses the veracity of Ford's allegations. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday. The statement seemed to suggest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not now investigating it.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said that Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her while the two were teenagers in high school. Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.

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