USA high court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify, lawyer says

18 Septembre, 2018, 16:28 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • USA high court nominee Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify, lawyer says

Instead, Kavanaugh and his accuser are set to testify at a public hearing next Monday - under oath. But the president predicted that it will "work out very well".

Grassley said this would "give these recent allegations a full airing", adding, "as I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard". The president himself has faced accusations of affairs and unwanted advances - not to mention his taped comments about groping women that emerged shortly before he was elected in 2016. I think the American people, whether they're Republicans or Democrats, are going to face the consequences of who goes on the Supreme Court.

I was confused, surprised, shocked and I still cant believe it, ' Maura Fitzgerald, who dated Kavanaugh in college and knew him in high school said on Fox. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were "stumbling drunk" when they got her in a room. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband. Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, said Monday morning on cable television that her client was willing to do so as well.

"They can't beat him on the law, so they're trying to destroy his life", he said.

"She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth", Katz told the Today show.

Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation, saying he did not do this "at any time".

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the charges, saying in a statement: "This is a completely false allegation. She was quite reluctant to come forward".

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters earlier Monday Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose support is crucial to Kavanaugh's nomination in the narrowly-divided Senate, said she needs to have both the judge and his accuser answer questions under oath.

"Unfortunately, committee Democrats have refused to join us in this effort".

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Critics have already accused the Republicans of fast tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.

Democrats had demanded a delay in the committee's vote in order to let the FBI investigate. Like Ford, Ms. Hill went public at the last minute.

With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending Trump's nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement. When she tried to scream, Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. He was asked about the allegations Friday in an interview with C-SPAN - before Blasey Ford went public with her account - and declined to directly address them.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post.

The claim has jeopardised Mr Kavanaugh's formerly all-but certain-nomination for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. Ford said, "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?"

A potential No vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects.

Initially Republicans had floated having committee staff conduct telephone interviews with each of the two, then making that information available to senators.

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.

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.

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