Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Gillibrand and Hirono criticize GOP's handling of Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation

Gillibrand and Hirono criticize GOP's handling of Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation

Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety". Grassley has instead scheduled a hearing for Monday for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify about the alleged incident.

Lisa Banks says her client, Christine Blasey Ford, is willing to co-operate but wants a "full non-partisan investigation" ahead of her testimony.

Demonstrators protested outside Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer responded to Republican calls for Ford to testify to the Senate about her claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify.

The woman's attorneys called the date set by Republicans "arbitrary", according to multiple U.S. news reports. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?"

Although inferring otherwise, Whelan said he's not insinuating that the man he publicly named and shared photos of did anything wrong, or that Ford is now "mistakenly remembering" this man as Kavanaugh.

"Privately, Trump is being cautioned extensively to stay out of the fight over Kavanaugh, according to two White House advisers, and so far has tempered his language". On the other hand, if don't believe them, you're condemning the person accused of guilt to prove his own innocence.

If Ford agrees to appear, it would set the stage for a potentially explosive hearing just weeks before congressional elections that will decide the balance of power in Congress, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate.

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The liberal pushback on this contention has been to argue that Federal Bureau of Investigation has the purview to include these allegations in a broader background check, and that no one is asking for a "criminal probe". A Republican aide didn't dispute the figure, but said those updates can be relatively minor, such as adding a nominee's tax records or educational information that had been inadvertently excluded.

The office of Senator Susan Collins, from ME, has also been also receiving ugly calls and emails. She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15. "Key aspects of our nation's health-care and labor laws may be at risk if Mr. Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appointment".

President Donald Trump said a "decision on Kavanaugh's future" would have to be made if Ford offered "credible testimony" to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I question whether this will be significant 10 days from now because it does look like she isn't going to testify", Mr. Luntz told Fox's Laura Ingraham. John Cornyn said to the network.

Overall, Peters added, she's proud of her sister-in-law for coming forward in the first place.

Katz continued: "Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested".

She has requested that Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge be subpoenaed to testify, a move that a committee staffer said was unlikely because it is not traditional for a committee to subpoena for nominations. "I remain committed to defending my integrity".

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job, " Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1 or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

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