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Kavanaugh Accuser Faces Death Threats Ahead Of Senate Hearing

Patty Aguilar | 19 September, 2018, 15:33

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you". Susan Collins, says if Kavanaugh - who has emphatically denied the allegations - misleads the senate about the incident, that could be enough to scuttle his nomination.

"What would be the objective of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn't want to respond?" John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks with reporters about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following their weekly policy meetings, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

Until Monday, Trump had remained silent about the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Democrats would argue that other witnesses could provide context, verify or refute parts of the stories that either person tells. Days earlier Kavanaugh had seemed on track for quick approval.

Kavanaugh responded through the White House with a categorical denial. De Leon, who is challenging Feinstein in the November 6 election, said her actions amounted to a "failure of leadership".

The official said the White House wants to avoid a public hearing on the allegations - a risky drama that could build sympathy for the accuser - but is willing to accept a confidential inquiry.

"Calling it "he said, she said" implies that both accounts are uncorroborated", Super said. "But that's up to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they should decide the forum".

Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.

"We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security", the letter said. All 11 Republicans on the committee are men. The senator wants the allegations to be heard promptly, she said. He said that hasn't been worked out, and pointed to the Democrats, noting that there hasn't been a lot of cooperation from Democratic staff. Similarly, she asks that Kavanaugh's counsel be allowed to question Ford. It said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had forwarded to the White House a letter, evidently from Ford, describing alleged misconduct in the 1980s by Kavanaugh. Republicans have been careful to be seen as giving Ford a chance to be heard, mindful that outright dismissal of her accusation could hurt on Election Day. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with his hand when she started to scream. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

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Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee. It was the second time in two years that Trump has made a Supreme Court pick.

Democrats will use Monday's hearing as a political spectacle to coax Mr. Kavanaugh into looking defensive or angry, and to portray Republicans as anti-women.

"The important thing is to get this investigated", said Sen.

But the separate argument that the specific allegations themselves, involving high school students in a social setting, are too distant or trivial to have any bearing on Kavanaugh's nomination, continues to get heavy play. Female voters preferred Democratic candidates over Republican ones by 54 per cent to 33 per cent, while 62 per cent of women disapproved of Trump's job performance, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll in July.

That could result in a tense replay of the lurid 1991 hearing on Justice Clarence Thomas, the conservative Supreme Court judge accused of repeated sexual harassment by a former assistant Anita Hill.

Ford's prior statements, though, go only so far in bolstering her claim. She said she believed the attack occurred in 1982.

Democrats complained that there was not a thorough FBI investigation of the allegations that took place, and no witnesses other than Hill and Thomas who were called.

"Women are watching", said Patty Murray, D-Wash., who came to the Senate in a 1992 election soon after the Hill episode.

The Post said it viewed notes from that session and an individual therapy session the following year. Ford blames the therapist for not accurately recording what she said. Burgess said she added her name to the letter because she knows Ford's story "will be scrutinized, and she will be accused of lying".

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