Senate panel wants Kavanaugh hearing terms worked out Friday

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

Perkins said Senate Republicans should allow Ford to speak.

Before the president's tweets Friday, counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway told reporters there was "no reason" to attack Ford. Feinstein - the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee - eventually turned the letter over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House on Thursday, and allies said he is eager to address the accusation. But Tuesday, she began insisting on an FBI investigation of her allegations and said other witnesses should also participate in a hearing.

Their allies and opponents are issuing ferocious statements, further electrifying the election season atmosphere. Chris Coons (D., Del.) said he was "encouraged" by the hearing scheduled for Ford. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!... Here, moreover, it would be the first thing, since after 36 years a forensic investigation is not possible. The one being investigated uses vulgar language and suggests violence.

Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, relayed the response to top staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, seeking to negotiate the conditions under which Ford would be prepared to testify later next week.

Trump Jr. posted a meme to his Instagram account over the weekend depicting a grade school love letter, written in crayon with words misspelled, that asked "will you be my girlfreind" and was signed "love, Bret". But here's what I want to tell you.

"We fear that rather than learning from the past, Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration are repeating this Committee's previous mistakes and making new ones". Trump refrained from tweeting about his nominee.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

-Monday is too soon. Her lawyers cited her list of demands before she even considers opening her mouth. Kavanaugh has expressed eagerness to testify to clear his name.

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"We'll do it Wednesday, we expect the accuser before the accused and we do intend to have the counsel do the questioning", the senator told Politico. But Grassley wants to assure her that someone's on the case, writing, 'I certainly understand and respect Dr. Ford's desire for an investigation into her allegations.

The GOP is defending House and Senate majorities in the election, and though Trump is not on the ballot November 6, the contest is widely considered a referendum on his stewardship.

During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. Feelings are intense on both sides: 50 percent of Democrats "strongly" oppose him; 49 percent of Republicans "strongly" support him.

The FBI helps to protect the process from politicization - and the Judiciary Committee is without question the most politicized and polarized committee in the Senate.

In contrast, four Democrats are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020. Democrats were in charge, and the spectacle is widely regarded as a Senate embarrassment. The answer simple: Republican members of the Judiciary Committee want to believe Judge, not Dr Ford.

The video, which was produced by MoveOn, featured the women saying, "Dear Professor Ford, we know how hard it is to stand up to powerful people".

Ari Fleischer, who was spokesman for President George W. Bush, said in an interview that the tweet did not help party leaders corral moderates Collin and Alaska GOP Sen. The Senate Judiciary committee has offered for her to do it privately, for her to do it publicly, for her to do it in Washington, for her to do it somewhere else, I guess it could be in her home state of California. "Most importantly, I want the American people to be happy, because they're getting somebody that is great", he said. Doing so would nearly certainly evoke the panel's handing of Hill and potentially alienate suburban women voters who could decide the elections and control of the House and Senate.

Trump quickly followed that tweet with another one in which he questioned Ford's behavior and motives, mirroring the strategy used against Anita Hill decades ago.

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