Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Where Did Christine Blasey Ford Go to High School?

Patty Aguilar | 18 September, 2018, 22:11

When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, announced a hearing for next Monday to air a decades-old sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, it didn't end the debate over how the Senate should handle the charges.

Kavanaugh, 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, on Sunday repeated his earlier denial of Ford's allegation.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

At the same time, if Kavanaugh did anything like what is alleged, he was a high school student.

The letter from the Holton-Arms alumnae stands opposite a similar one circulated by the Senate Judiciary Committee before Ford came forward.

The South Carolina senator says if the panel is going to hear from Ford, "it should be done immediately" so the confirmation process can continue as scheduled.

Lisa Graves was the chief counsel for nominations for the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the period in question and wrote some of the notes that were stolen from the Senate server by Republican staffer Manuel Miranda.

Republicans said Tuesday they plan to proceed with the hearing, having given Ms. Blasey Ford a full week's notice according to Senate rules.

"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".

In an updated statement, Kavanaugh said at the White House on Monday, "This is a completely false allegation".

Democrats throughout the day have called on the Senate to postpone the vote on Kavanaugh.

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But the allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly coming amid the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, coupled with Ford's emergence could complicate matters, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S. She said that at a party in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s, a drunken Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes.

"Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein and it wasn't even brought up at that meeting and she had this information", Trump said. Ford noted that Judge watched the incident take place, adding that, when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. "I think that's a pretty good step forward".

Blasey Ford's attorneys told NPR's Morning Edition and other outlets that Ford is willing to testify.

The president made the comments on the afternoon of September 17, after both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to speak with lawmakers.

They also said they've given her the option of a closed hearing.

Take your pick of metaphors: either way, clearly Washington leaders agree that Kavanaugh's march towards a lifetime judicial appointment, which had been relatively smooth, is now in serious danger of getting beat up and potentially burned. Ford says four boys were at the party, but only two boys were in the room at the time.

"If they delay a little bit just to make sure everybody's happy - they want to be happy", said Trump.

A registered Democrat, Ford contacted her representative in Congress, Democrat Anna Eshoo, around the same time. In late July, Ford sent a letter through Eshoo's office to Feinstein.

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.

Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in another letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect". They came forward in the wake of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that was released in October 2016 in which he is caught saying on a hot mic: "And when you're a star, they let you do it".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she said.

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