by Daveda Gruber:
Christine Blasey Ford has been invited to testify before an open hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. No confirmation has been given that she will even show up.
Ford has alleged that Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, had sexually assaulted her over thirty (30) years ago.
On Monday night Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee reached out to Ford’s lawyers to invite her to Monday’s open hearing. She has not responded yet.
Ford is a California-based professor. She revealed her identity over the weekend in a Washington Post report. She said that Kavanaugh, while in high school, pinned her down, tried to remove her bathing suit and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.
The Democrats want to delay Thursday’s committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, invited Kavanaugh and Ford to a public hearing next Monday.
Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, indicated her client was “willing to take whatever it takes to get her story forth.” Katz indicated that Ford would testify before the committee under oath. Katz has not confirmed that Ford will show up for Monday’s open hearing, which is scheduled to be aired live on television.
There is speculation about whether Ford will ultimately accept the invitation. Reports say that she was reluctant to go public with her accusation after she tipped off congressional Democrats.
Grassley, when announcing a hearing, said it would “give these recent allegations a full airing.”
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh is willing to testify.
Shah said, “Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation. He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him.”
On Monday President Trump stood by Kavanaugh. Trump called him one of the “finest people that I have ever known” while acknowledging a “little delay” may be necessary before the nomination is voted on in the Senate.
The president also criticized Democrats over the timing of the allegation in his first public comments on the controversy,
Trump told reporters, “I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner because they had this information for many months. And they shouldn’t have waited until literally the last days. They should have done it a lot sooner.”
The president said that he’s open to delaying the confirmation proceedings in Congress while the allegations are investigated.
Trump said, “If it takes a little delay it’ll take a little delay. It shouldn’t certainly be very much.”
Kavanaugh has denied the sexual assault accusations that Ford has alleged took place while the two were in high school.
Kavanaugh said in a statement, “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making the accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”
On Monday every one of the ten (10) Democrats on the committee have urged Grassley to postpone the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. It appears that Thursday’s committee confirmation vote has been postponed in the midst of the newly-scheduled hearing.
If the committee confirmation vote does not take place before the November vote, there is a chance that Republicans will not control the House or Senate.
The Democrats are angry and are very unhappy with the possibility of a Kavanaugh Supreme Court Justice. The circus that occurred while Kananaugh was being questioned, says it all.
If the hearing goes go through with Ford and Kavanaugh swearing under oath, it could end up in a draw. It could come down to who believes who.
There are four (4) Republicans who would seem to enjoy a reason for not voting to confirm Kavanaugh. They are Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
Flake said, “I’ve made it clear that I’m not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further.
Flake is one of the committee’s 21 members. Republicans hold an 11-to-10 majority on the panel, and Flake’s opposition to a vote could stall the nomination.
Corker said, in a statement, a delay “would be best for all involved, including the nominee. If she does want to be heard, she should do so promptly.”
Did Democrats know they had an ‘ace in the hole? Of course they did. Dianne Feinstein has been holding this information since July. It was pulled out in the Eleventh hour. Trump was very accurate when he nicknames Feinstein as “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein.”
Personally, I hate the delay. This feels like it could possibly drag on until after the elections.