Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sen. Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will 'Plow Right Through' Kavanaugh Confirmation

Sen. Mitch McConnell Says Senate Will 'Plow Right Through' Kavanaugh Confirmation

Ford appears to have backed off an earlier demand that the FBI investigate her allegation before she testifies - a request that fizzled when it became clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation lacked jurisdiction, and which was viewed by some as a stalling tactic to delay the confirmation vote until after the midterm elections.

US President Donald Trump: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". No decisions have been reached.

Trump's tweets are more aggressive than his previous statements about Professor Ford, though he has publicly doubted her claims that Kavanaugh allegedly tried to drunkenly rape her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

"Women from every phase of Judge Kavanaugh's life, those who know him best, have stepped forward to say that the allegation being leveled against him is false", said Sara Fagen.

"She is willing to talk to them and willing to make sure that the Senate gets the actual facts", Hassan added, slamming Senate Republicans.

Friday's big news on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination should have centered on the negotiations over possible testimony by his 11th-hour accuser. For example, an ABC producer found the alumnae page from Christine Blasey Ford's prep school and begged for leads on Kavanaugh, hoping to out the truth.

Don Irvine with Accuracy in Media says whatever this is, it's not reporting.

Fox News said it had obtained emails showing graphic and violent threats to Ashley Kavanaugh, who married the judge in 2004.

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

"We're going to plow right through it", he said.

Bruno, who has worked to train police officers on how to better respond to sexual assault reports, said victims tend to distrust law enforcement because relatively few criminal reports result in a positive outcome for them.

"We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experience from the past, and we know how hard this is for her. Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said. Charles Grassley (R) of Iowa is the chairman of the committee and has said he cannot compel an FBI investigation because only the White House, which oversees the agency, can do that.

'She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety, ' Katz wrote in an email to the committee earlier on Thursday.

Ford spoke to no one of her experience until 2012 when she and her husband discussed it in therapy.

In July, Ford sent a letter to the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. The back-and-forth also is about how majority Republicans and Democrats answer women who allege assault and the men who deny the accusations in the #MeToo era.

Senior Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas told CNN: "If she doesn't want to participate and tell her story, there's no reason for us to delay".

Then early Friday, Trump questioned Ford's credibility and challenged her to provide more evidence than the notes from a therapist reviewed by The Post.

Trump, steering clear of criticizing Ford on the advice of aides, predicted Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.

The scandal, which broke a week ago, has already delayed what previously seemed to be Kavanaugh's certain confirmation.

Also in Colorado, Linda Gumeson, 70, said she couldn't believe allegations that were more than three decades old were being taken seriously today. She said her allegation came in a "different era" and when she was a "child" not a teenager.

The bare 51-49 Republican majority means they can lose one vote and still approve Kavanaugh even if all Democrats vote no. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie. He said if Republicans hold onto the Senate for another two years it can transform the courts with pro-family and pro-growth judges. 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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