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Brett Kavanaugh’s Accuser Willing to Testify, Lawyer Says

Patty Aguilar | 18 September, 2018, 13:54

McConnell says he has "great confidence" in the Senate Judiciary Committee's GOP chairman, Chuck Grassley, who has said he will seek interviews with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid".

The statements allow for the possibility that Judiciary Committee would receive dueling testimony about the alleged incident decades ago, which could threaten Trump's attempt to install a conservative in the place of frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, potentially altering the balance of the court for a generation.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California.

The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward on Sunday with her claim that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down and attempted to take off her clothes at a party around 1982.

Desire to avoid the spotlight: In both cases, the women did not initially want to go public or be identified by name as an accuser. She contacted her congressmember and The Washington Post through a tip line. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

Judiciary Committee Democrats, meanwhile, called on the White House to instruct the FBI to investigate Ford's "credible allegations of serious misconduct", which Feinstein sent to the agency on September 12.

"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward. They say she waited strategically until the eleventh hour rather than doing so earlier in the vetting process.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court this Thursday.

"I don't think the Democrats would confirm anyone in the last two years of the Trump presidency", said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law.

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"She had asked to remain confidential", Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on her way to Senate votes. He added that he was willing to address the allegation in front of the Senate committee. She said she had spoken with a number of USA senators including Republican Lindsey Graham about the matter.

Mr Schumer told ABC's The View: "Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have suggested that the Senate Judiciary Committee should hear from Ford before moving forward with Kavanaugh's confirmation, according to the Hill.

A source close to Trump, who spoke on condition of anonymity, predicted trouble ahead should the Kavanaugh issue not be resolved soon, adding that "with seven weeks to go until an election, this is not the discussion that the Republicans want to be having in the era of the "me too" movement". The most prominent name is that of Amy Coney Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor named to a federal appeals court judgeship past year and a finalist for the high court nomination in July. Yet, he understands why she didn't, given the senator's "cautious" nature and the fact that the writer wanted strict anonymity.

Ms. Feinstein defended her handling of the matter, though her office said the senator would have dealt with it differently from the start had Ms. Ford not requested confidentiality in a July 30 letter to the senator detailing the accusations.

"For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect". She also said she sent the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The two women say the 63 other women who signed the letter to back the judge's reputation stand by their signatures, but are not speaking out to avoid the press.

Katz said her client "was not wanting to inject herself into this".

Now Ford has told The Washington Post she had chose to waive her anonymity because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in media last week.

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