Trump says ‘hard’ to imagine Kavanaugh did wrong
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 22, 2018,
Sep 22, 2018, 0:46
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced confidence Friday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite the sexual assault allegation against him, promising supporters: "We're going to plow right through it".
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.
But Trump said ahead of his news conference, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved". Ford's lawyers and Democrats on the panel want the FBI to investigate the charges.
Hirono accused Republicans of railroading and fast tracking nominations but in this case, she alleges the process the Senate Judiciary has planned for this public hearing is "unfair" to Blasey Ford.
"This is not a man who deserves this", Trump said Tuesday, adding that the allegations "should've been brought up long ago". And I would surely hope she'd come Monday.
A hearing would represent a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge's confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top USA court, as Trump pursues his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right.
"That way, senators will have necessary information and expert analysis at their disposal at the hearing making it much less likely that it will devolve into a "he said, she said" affair", he said.
"From my experience and knowledge of Christine when I attended middle school with her, I am 100 percent confident that what she is saying is accurate and truthful", Martin said.
"Asking her to come forward in four or five days and sit before the Judiciary Committee on national TV is not a fair process". Blasey Ford is said to be testifying before the Senate on Monday.
The announcement was preceded by bipartisan requests for a hearing as well as a declaration by Ford's attorney in a CNN interview that her client is willing to publicly testify before the panel. Trump continued, "let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!"
"The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation", the spokesperson said in a statement, noting that the bureau had already compiled a background report. "What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?".
Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations of sex assault, which stem from when he and Ford were in high school. "Grassley requested it, they would do an investigation", said Leahy.