Should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed as a Supreme Court judge?

Posted September 22, 2018

A sexual assault allegation has many questioning if Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no doubt that Kavanaugh will be confirmed "in the very near future".

Trump's tweet could affect GOP support among women going into the midterm elections. Republicans are unlikely to agree to calling witnesses aside from Ford and Kavanaugh. The committee also set a Monday hearing that requests Ford and Kavanaugh to testify publicly.

Senate Republicans agreed nearly immediately after Ford's name became public that her story should be heard.

USA media report that the panel has now offered to hold the hearing next Wednesday. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in his fourth tweet on the Kavanaugh nomination Friday, renewing his accusation that Feinstein and and Democrats held a letter from Ford in which she first raised the accusation against Kavanaugh "only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER", which Trump asserted was "done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay".

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

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says", Trump wrote, "charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents". "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" he wrote.

Democrats want Ford's story to carry the imprimatur of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, even if, 30 years after the fact, investigators might not be able to do much more than take the statements of people involved. It has also bloomed into a broader clash over whether women alleging abuse are taken seriously by men and how both political parties address such claims with the advent of the #MeToo movement - a theme that could echo in this November's elections for control of Congress.

According to Trump, the fact that Ford remained silent until now shows the incident probably never happened - even if this runs counter to what experts say is the typical reaction of sexual assault victims afraid or embarrassed to report.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican who supports abortion rights and is expected to be a swing vote on Kavanaugh, said she was "appalled by the President's tweet", the Associated Press reported.

Christine Ford has been in the eye of a Washington maelstrom since identifying herself last Sunday, with Republicans demanding her Capitol Hill testimony and Democrats rallying to defend her, reports Daily Mail. She first revealed specific details of the story to her husband and therapist in 2012.

The psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California said she was being treated for what she said had been the long-term effects of the incident.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

What does the committee say?

An email her lawyers sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee said Ford "would be prepared to testify next week" if the senators offer her "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".

Will the conditions be accepted?

"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".

But the White House would have to ask for it.

But Ford said Monday is impossible for her, offering instead to testify later in the week under certain conditions.

Her lawyers say she's relocated her family due to death threats. "And, what is the time frame for confirming that judge to the Supreme Court?"

But supporters of both Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford have also been vocal.

Democratic Senator Doug Jones said Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, should be subpoenaed if he refuses to testify.

Trump rejected the credibility of Ford's claim to have been sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh when they attended neighboring private schools near Washington in the early 1980s.