Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Doug Jones: Senate should compel Kavanaugh's friend to testify

Doug Jones: Senate should compel Kavanaugh's friend to testify

Hill's comments came a day after lawyers for Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, said she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies at a Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Monday.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday on "Special Report" that Democrats had "every chance" to put forward allegations of assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "the right way".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday his staff has reached out to Christine Blasey Ford by email "three or four times" to map out plans for a public hearing next Monday without receiving a response.

Democrats have said that Ford asked for anonymity in a letter she sent to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., detailing the incident.

They also tried to turn the criticism back on Democrats and the top Judiciary Dem Dianne Feinstein's decision not raise the allegations earlier in the confirmation process, after receiving a letter recounting them in July.

Hill's guidance comes amid mounting calls for Kavanaugh, who has denied Ford's allegations, to withdraw from consideration.

"If Sen. Heller still has no reservations about confirming Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court, then he isn't listening to Nevadans", Rosen said in a statement Monday. "We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities", the letter reads.

President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

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Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. "They've had this information, they did not ask him about it and now we're kind of going through that", DeSantis said outside of Tampa's Franklin Middle School. The notes don't include Kavanaugh's name, but instead describe Ford's account that her attackers had become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".

Bush previously said Kavanaugh "is a fine husband, father, and friend - and a man of the highest integrity".

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Monday that Ford "should not be ignored or insulted; she should be heard", adding that Ford should also testify under oath on Capitol Hill.

Both Corker and Flake are retiring at the end of this term and have been two of the most critical voices of President Donald Trump and his administration.

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this", Trump said during the joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said Tuesday". The claim being made by Dr. Blasey is much more serious than what Professor Hill accused Clarence Thomas. At the time, and until she came forward to the Post, Ford was not sure if she would want to go public with the allegations. Joe Manchin said both Ford and Kavanaugh should have an opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee "as quickly as possible".

The statements allow for the possibility that Judiciary Committee would receive dueling testimony about the alleged incident decades ago, which could threaten Trump's attempt to install a conservative in the place of frequent swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, potentially altering the balance of the court for a generation.

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