Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Accuser of Kavanaugh wants FBI investigation before she testifies, says lawyer

Accuser of Kavanaugh wants FBI investigation before she testifies, says lawyer

Trading accusations, Democratic and Republican senators quarreled Tuesday over who will testify at what promises to be a dramatic and emotional hearing next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who says he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

McConnell, who is determined to deliver his second conservative Supreme Court justice in two years, now must navigate a treacherous pass.

The charge against Kavanaugh has left Trump and his Republicans in the precarious position of having to reject Ford's accusation without alienating women voters ahead of the midterm polls in which the Republicans could lose control of Congress.

Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford.

The Los Angeles Times reports that during subsequent search warrants, police found cocaine, MDMA, GBH, and illegal unregistered weapons inside Robicheaux's house, as well as several videos, including one showing sex acts with a victim. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

"My advice is to push the pause button on this hearing, get the information together, bring in the experts and put together a hearing that is fair, that is impartial, that is not biased by politics or by myth, and bring this information to the American public", she said.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) went a step further, asking Grassley to allow Ford's counsel to cross examine Kavanaugh.

Indeed, the mounting right-wing fury at Ford is so great that at least one completely different professor who shares her name was targeted online after GOP trolls mistakenly went after her.

Cornyn said Senate Republicans used a closed-door meeting Monday to agree to the public hearing.

Democrats have comported themselves horribly during the Kavanaugh hearings, but no one has been more irresponsible than Warren.

Federal Bureau of Investigation background examinations received scrutiny when Rob Porter resigned as White House staff secretary in February after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public.

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"For those Democrats up for re-election from states that Trump carried, they now have absolutely no reason to vote for Kavanaugh".

Grassley said the committee offered Ford "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable". The allegation does not involve any potential federal crime. "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", she said in a statement.

Democratic senators had urged Grassley to invite Judge to testify.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump showered sympathy on Kavanaugh. GOP leaders had originally meant to hold the committee vote Thursday, and only pushed it back a week after several Senate Republicans insisted that Ford must be given a chance to speak.

"No investigation - any legitimate investigation - is going to happen between now and Monday", Banks told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

While Majority Leader McConnell asks the right questions - in which he sort of, kind of, indirectly impugns Feinstein's motives - the door has been pushed open, to now drag the confirmation process deeper into the mud and murky waters of character assassination some believed had been buried a quarter century ago with the Clarence Thomas confirmation. They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment.

Ford, now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, told The Washington Post that an intoxicated Kavanaugh corralled her into a bedroom at a Maryland party when she was around 15 and he was about 17, held her down on a bed, tried to undress her and held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

"Calling it "he said, she said" implies that both accounts are uncorroborated", Super said.

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.

On Monday, Trump defended his pick, dismissing any notion that Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn. At the time, Ford reportedly expected her story to remain confidential and her identity anonymous.

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