Tuesday, 20 August, 2019

Was Chuck Grassley’s tweet to Brett Kavanaugh meant to be a text?

Brett Kavanaugh listens as a protester yells during his confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 Jacquelyn Martin AP FILE
Patty Aguilar | 23 September, 2018, 22:06

A spokesman for the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, rejected.

Attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks said that many aspects of Grassley's latest offer were "fundamentally inconsistent" with the committee's promise of a "fair, impartial investigation".

Republican committee staff and Ford's lawyers had reached a stalemate in negotiations over the details of the testimony.

Grassley consented to other Ford demands, including that she be provided security and that Kavanaugh not be in the hearing room when she testifies. Meanwhile, only 25 percent of women said they believe the accusations.

In backing away from his deadline, Grassley underscored the sensitivity with which Senate Republicans have tried handling Ford. You'll also recall that the letter from her therapist mistakenly claimed (according to the therapist) that they had incorrectly recorded Ford recounting being attacked by four boys.

The attorneys said they did not know when they would have answers to the unresolved issues. Republicans made a counteroffer on Friday of holding the hearing on Wednesday, and having Ford testify before Kavanaugh.

"Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford", Keyer's lawyer wrote in an email.

"If they can't accept that, that means they really don't want to testify", Graham said.

We are not going to turn over to the other side how many witnesses to call.

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The president's tweet brought blistering rejoinders from Democrats and a mix of silence and sighs of regret from his own party. Some details, such as the order of their testimony, are being negotiated, and talks are expected to continue Sunday.

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Graham says Ford's lawyers are contesting two conditions for her testimony - that Ford and Kavanaugh will be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel will ask the questions.

"I want to listen to her, but I'm being honest with you and everybody else. Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

A GOP Judiciary Committee investigator contacted Keyser last Tuesday, saying Keyser had been "identified" as attending that party and wanted to talk to her. Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Keyser's name "came up" in its investigation.

In a series of tweets, he questioned why law enforcement was not called at the time of the alleged assault, in 1982, if it was "as bad as she says".

In an interview with The Washington Post, which ran last Sunday, Ford claims that in the 1980s, Kavanaugh groped her in a bedroom during a party.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the 51-year-old Palo Alto University professor told the Washington Post.

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge".

A tentative agreement for a Thursday hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford has been reached, a source with knowledge of the discussions has told Fox News. Well, someone told Whelan what was up, and any coordination with Kavanaugh (for example, via the right-wing PR outfit CRC, who hyped Whelan's revelation), would be separate grounds for denying him confirmation and would also ensnare the judge in the host of civil and ethical problems Whelan created. But Durbin left little doubt that that Democrats will go after Kavanaugh's drinking history to help shed light on the matter.

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