Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process reflects the bitter partisanship of the age

Posted September 19, 2018

But they're united in their condemnation this week of Sen.

She said Democrats, including Feinstein, had over 30 hours of hearings in which they could have mentioned the allegations.

She claims that an intoxicated Kavanaugh pinned her down during a party in Marlyand and attempted to remove her clothing.

The letter from Ford's attorneys and Grassley's response capped a day of uncertainty about the next step in the Kavanaugh confirmation process, which has spiraled into turmoil in recent days.

If she is, Wigdor said, "I would have her make it very clear in her remarks that she was not 'mistaken.' That the assault was something she recalled vividly and was confident she was not confused or mixed up about". "The weight of the government should not be used to destroy the lives of witnesses who are called to testify", she said.

In a statement issued by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegation and described it as "completely false". "She's surely prepared. She hired a lawyer, I understand, back in August".

"And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you", Thomas declared.

On Sunday afternoon, Sanders and Welch released written statements calling for the panel to delay its vote.

Flake said Monday he won't decide how he'll vote until Ford and Kavanaugh have testified.

In his opening monologue on Tuesday night, Carlson weighed in on the assault allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "I can't say everything's truthful", Feinstein said when asked about Ford. "These allegations are credible and deeply troubling".

However, Republicans have rejected the possibility of involvement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The remarks by McConnell, R-Ky., seemed aimed at signaling that while Ford will be given her opportunity to detail her allegations under oath, party leaders - certainly for now - were not easing off their support of Trump's nominee. They also complained that the committee scheduled Ford to "testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident". "So it kind of raises the question.do they want to come to (the) public hearing or not?" Patty Murray, D-Washington, said recently on Twitter that she first ran for the Senate "after my daughter and I watched Anita Hill being grilled by an all-male Judiciary Committee that didn't look anything like me or so many others across the country and that wasn't asking the questions so many of us wanted asked".

Washington state Sen. Patty Murray, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, told reporters that an FBI investigation is necessary to ensure a full and impartial assessment of the accusations. "It's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said. "I think it's likely this will inflame partisan energy on both sides". "We were looking for a way to get it investigated by an outside investigator and what we found is we had to go through (the rules committee) and we were discussing the pros and cons of doing that, so it hasn't been easy".

Grassley said the hearing would be televised and would include just two witnesses, Ford and Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, Fox News reported today that allies of Kavanaugh say he's told them that he doesn't know Ford - an awfully bold, even reckless assertion. They want additional witnesses beyond Kavanaugh and Ford to be added to the planned hearing Monday. The person said there should be no such discussion until more information about the alleged incident comes to light. "Unless something else gets dislodged from historical memory" or other women come forward with accusations, "odds are that he will be confirmed".

While the GOP's chances of confirming Kavanaugh once appeared to be fading, they might gain new ground.