New allegations against Kavanaugh submitted to Senate committee
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 28, 2018,
Sep 28, 2018, 0:29
MA U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, both Democrats, have said they would vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, even before the accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced.
The company has been hosting current events talks for more than two years regarding events such as President Donald Trump's election, and the Charlottesville, Va., rally that sparked racial tensions. "I believed he was going to rape me", Ford said, adding that Kavanaugh and a friend of his were "drunkenly laughing during the attack".
Blasey was the first of three women to come forward and publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
A third woman, Julie Swetnick, says Kavanaugh engaged in "abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls" at parties, and that he was "present" when she was raped by multiple boys.
What that, Trump cast his lot with the accused in what has become a national reckoning over gender and sexual consent, and not just in furtherance of a long-sought conservative makeover of the high court. However, he has said he would listen to what Ford has to say at the hearing and, if persuaded, could withdraw the nomination. Her prepared testimony was released Wednesday evening.
"I felt so enraged", said Carola Lewis, a Kavanaugh supporter from Rockville, Maryland, who came to a rally on the Capitol in support of Kavanaugh an hour and a half before the hearing was slated to start.
Whether these accusations are true or not, Senate Democrats have gotten what they wanted out of them.
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.
Polls show Kavanaugh is the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee in recent history.
Ford released sworn statements from people who said she had told them about the assault in later years. Judge Kavanaugh answered almost 1,300 written questions submitted to senators after the hearing, more than all prior Supreme Court nominees.
Kavanaugh then was asked about, and categorically denied, an allegation made by a Rhode Island man - whose name was redacted from the transcript - raised in a call to Rhode Island Democratic Sen. "But if you want to introduce her, I'd be glad to have you do that, but I want you to know I didn't forget to do that because I would do that just as she was about to speak". Ford requested that she remain anonymous, but when Feinstein met privately with Kavanaugh, she refused to bring up these allegations.
Before Ford began testifying, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.
Mr Kavanaugh has "completely" denied the claim and said he has never sexually assaulted anyone.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said all week that Republicans will turn to a committee vote on Kavanaugh after the hearing.
Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.
There's not much doubt what Kavanaugh will say about Ford. When this is over, one side is going to believe that the other has committed a great travesty of justice.