Jeff Flake ‘not comfortable voting yes’ on Brett Kavanaugh

Jeff Flake ‘not comfortable voting yes’ on Brett Kavanaugh

A planned vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday on the nomination now appears to be at risk of slipping.

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, initially detailed the allegations about Brett Kavanaugh in confidential letters to her Congresswoman and later to California Senator Diane Feinstein, a senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", the White House said before Grassley's announcement. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Sunday on Fox that Kavanaugh's nomination process was an "intergalactic freak show" and that "I don't know what our Democratic friends expect us to do" about the sexual assault allegation because of its secrecy.

One of Grassley's Republican colleagues on the Judiciary Committee left the door open to further hearings about Ford's allegations.

The White House referred ABC News to Kavanaugh's earlier statement on the allegations.

The developments evoked memories of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' contentious confirmation hearings in 1991 involving sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by lawyer Anita Hill. If so, it will elevate the debate on Kavanaugh from a Washington squabble to a national zeitgeist moment.

Feinstein separately issued a statement on Sunday supporting Ford and urging the FBI to investigate her claims before Senate action on the nomination of Kavanaugh, who would succeed retired centrist conservative Anthony Kennedy. She recalled both her own and Justice Antonin Scalia's "truly bipartisan" hearings in better days. It said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had forwarded to the White House a letter, evidently from Ford, describing alleged misconduct in the 1980s by Kavanaugh. "For any woman, sharing an experience involving sexual assault-particularly when it involves a politically connected man with influence, authority and power-is extraordinarily hard". But it also takes place at a pivotal moment for the conservative movement, which is within reach of a goal it has pursued for decades of cementing a majority on the Supreme Court at a time of key rulings on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and the role of religion in American life. The Republicans move in lockstep, and so do the Democrats. "Given the late addendum to the background file and revelations of Dr. Ford's identity, Chairman Grassley is actively working to set up such follow-up calls with Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford ahead of Thursday's scheduled vote", the spokesman said.

Going through the allegation she had made in her letter, Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh and his friend were drunk at the time and that he put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Furthermore, Ford did not appear to report the alleged assault at a house in Washington's Maryland suburbs at the time.

"I think she felt morally compelled to come forward, which is very much in line with what I know of her", said Adler.

From across the room a very drunken REDACTED said mixed words to Kavanaugh ranging from "go for it" to "stop".

"This is a completely false allegation", he said in a statement issued through the White House on Monday morning. "It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled".

An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote Tuesday in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

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And any slowed momentum could give time for more problems to emerge and allow his fate to become even more embroiled in the midterm elections, which are only seven weeks away. Alaska's Murkowski and Maine Republican Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, in July.

Ms Katz also denied that Ms Ford, a Democrat, is politically motivated.

A spokesman for Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Sunday that "it's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago" would surface ahead of voting. But there was just a hint of an opening for Democrats.

Republican sources on Capitol Hill say it's uncertain if the hearing scheduled for next Monday to address the accusation against Kavanaugh will occur. Lindsey Graham raised the possibility that the committee should hear testimony from Ford.

When asked if the committee should consider delaying the vote this week, Murkowski told CNN, "Well, I think that might be something they might have to consider, at least having that discussion. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was", said the 85-year-old jurist. "This is not something that came up during the hearings".

But Kavanaugh's unwavering denial amid demands that the hearing be delayed have helped consolidate GOP support for the embattled nominee.

A CNN reporter asked Collins on September 16, 2018 about the Kavanaugh accusations.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer played directly into the idea that the #MeToo campaign had changed everything.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said the allegation should be taken seriously while respecting the privacy of the woman who made the allegations. "That can not happen in this case".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, a key Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, said it would be "puzzling" if Ford did not testify on Monday.

"From the outset, I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character".

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