Gender war politics grip Senate over Kavanaugh accusation

What the man accused of helping Kavanaugh assault a woman wrote...

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, said today he wants "to hear what she has to say", "feels frightful for...the unfair process" Kavanaugh has been subjected to. And they signed up, whether they anticipated it or not, for becoming a focus of scrutiny themselves. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?"

If Ford took this life-altering step because she believes that Brett Kavanaugh should not serve on the Supreme Court, then she must come forward to tell that to the Senate.

"If it's truly Senator Collins' intention to side with Brett Kavanaugh over Dr. Blasey Ford, she will never again be able to claim the mantle of an ally to women or survivors, and that is not something that women will ever forget-not next week, not next month, and not in 2020 when she's up for reelection".

He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting".

Mr Kavanaugh flatly denied the accusation and was, according to the White House, ready to testify "tomorrow" in his defence.

Ford's lawyers responded on Tuesday, saying that she would not testify publicly until a "full investigation by law enforcement officials" had been completed. "It's not enough for them to inform themselves, and so that's why it's important to have an investigation".

"I want to see what she [Prof Ford] has to say but I want to give it all the time they need", the Republican president said. On Tuesday night, one of her attorneys, Lisa Banks, appeared on CNN.


Mr Trump characterised the issue as a "little delay" and described as "ridiculous" the suggestion that Mr Kavanaugh might withdraw his candidacy.

He has called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting". Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations.

But it is also, inescapably, about whether they credit another woman's account of sexual assault. What about experts who can speak to the effects of this kind of trauma on a victim?

McCaleb said "I'm not certain" when asked on Fox News whether she believed Ford, a friend of a friend who went to the same local pool Ford did. The question also is all the more pointed for women who traveled a similar teenage social path as Ford, and in some cases met her along the way. "I feel bad for his family".

Sharon Crouch Clark didn't know Ford and feels fine about having signed the letter, notwithstanding the allegation.

Grassley said Wednesday that he is still seeking to get Ford to testify Monday either in "any format she's comfortable [with]", but tweeted that "no other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary". I know how straightforward he is.

She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth. "Do the right thing, for a change".

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