Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump’s tweet attacking Christine Blasey Ford may have just backfired

Trump’s tweet attacking Christine Blasey Ford may have just backfired

An activists wears a button in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party about 35 years ago, during a protest September 20, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Republicans in the Senate are insisting she testify Monday - either publicly or privately.

Ford told the Washington Post that she didn't tell anyone about her alleged assault at the time, anxious that she might get in trouble for being at a party with underage drinking. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.

The hearing or hearings, if any, would have enormous stakes for Kavanaugh, Ford and their families.

Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room.

If Ford doesn't show up to testify, Roberts said we should practice saying "Justice Kavanaugh".

All of the Republicans on the panel are men, and the committee is known to be concerned about the optics of having questions from the GOP side come only from men.

On Thursday, a group of eight Democrats wrote to Trump, asking him to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check on Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Ford has said she never mentioned the alleged incident to anyone until 2012, when she revealed it during a marriage counseling session with her husband.

Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations.

"In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", the Kentucky Republican said.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), said through a spokesman late Thursday that he would be consulting with colleagues on how to proceed.

'We are requesting immediate action by the Bureau to investigate potential federal crimes against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, which appear meant to intimidate a witness in relation to the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ' the letter reads.

The Senate Judiciary Committee would have to change the Monday hearing.

A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday.

Committee Democrats also asked Grassley to share with them any transcripts from interviews with anyone regarding Blasey Ford's accusations.

Republicans are considering bringing in an outside counsel, possibly a woman, to question Ford.

To a room filled with conservative evangelicals, Kavanaugh is a like-minded defender of their shared values.

Ford, now 51, delivered the information in a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name". Ms. Blasey Ford's attorneys had suggested Thursday as a potential new date for the hearing. "They've delayed it a week already. they have to get on with it". "But I don't think you can delay it any longer".

Ford has alleged that while she and Kavanaugh were at a house party in the early 1980s, when the two were in high school, Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes.

Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.

As the week has proceeded, Republicans have seemed to regain momentum toward approving Kavanaugh though his prospects have remained uncertain.

Collins, who is pro-choice, is seen as a key vote for Kavanaugh to be confirmed. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie.

Debra Katz, one of Ford's attorneys, said in Thursday's email that she wanted to set up a call later that day to discuss conditions for Ford's testimony.

Both families - Kavanaugh's and Ford's - have said they're getting death threats.

Asked if he would ask the FBI to open a deeper investigation, Trump said he was content to "let the senators do it".

Gail Zika, 74, who is also a Nashville Democrat, said Ford appears to have a "legitimate claim". A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.

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