Chuck Grassley’s Handling of the Ford Hearing Is an Ongoing Disaster

Posted September 28, 2018

Swetnick says that in 1981 and 1982, she became aware of efforts by Judge, Kavanaugh and others to "spike the punch at house parties" so as to "cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'No'".

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, congressional correspondent for the New York Times. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", Kavanaugh said.

"'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process". Kavanaugh has denied any involvement. The network reports that Senate Judiciary Committee investigators placed a call to Kavanaugh about the accusations on September 25 and he denied the encounter.

Democrats heaped praise on Ford and pointed to gaps in her memory as evidence that she has been truthful, with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin noting that a "polished liar" can create a "seamless story" while a survivor "cannot be expected" to remember every detail. "Senate Republican leaders are aiming to hold a full Senate floor vote on the nomination by early next week, with the hopes that he would be confirmed and sworn in as a justice soon after the high court's new term opens on Monday".

Mr. Kavanaugh's girlfriend at the time was Dabney Friedrich, now a U.S. District Court judge in Washington. He decried the "media circus" around the allegations and said the nominee and Ms Ford had been through a bad couple of weeks since Ford leveled her accusation.

"I believed he was going to rape me", she will say, according to her prepared testimony.

He went on to say, "Only at an 11th hour, on the eve of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, did the ranking member refer the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

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Ford was only questioned by Democrats, while Republicans on the committee left the probing up to Mitchell.

Republicans are pushing to seat Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, both "visibly drunk", pushed her into an upstairs room at the party and locked the door. "I will have to listen to the testimony before I make up my mind about the testimony".

In Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, two Democratic senators with 2020 ambitions - New Jersey's Cory Booker and California's Kamala Harris - took center stage, asking the most aggressive questions and galvanizing both progressive opposition and conservative support. This hearing offered viewers an opportunity to see that character in action.

Feinstein responded to Grassley's criticism when she began her opening remarks, saying, "Yes, I did receive a letter from Dr. Ford. the next day, I called Dr. Ford, we spoke on the phone, she reiterated that she wanted this held confidential".

Thursday will be different. Sheldon Whitehouse were all former attorneys general, and Minnesota Sen. In hopes that it won't be he who does this, she has had to make a spectacle of her pain for national consumption, with the full understanding that numerous Senators witnessing her pain would vote to confirm Kavanaugh anyway.

However he fervently denies allegations of abuse from several other woman.

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