Republicans Shouldn't Dismiss an FBI Probe Into the Accusations Against Kavanaugh

Geneva Stokes
September 20, 2018

Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation's top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers nearly four decades ago. On Monday, Grassley asked Ford to appear before the committee next week in order to testify regarding these allegations.

Trump's oldest son posted a fake "sexual assault letter found by Dems", written in crayon, that says, "Hi Cindy, Will you be my girlfriend?"

However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, center, walks past members of the media as he heads to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Officials have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not looking into the matter.

Ford has alleged that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her 36 years ago when the two were in high school, although she has not specified a date or place during which the incident may have occurred.

"This is not a man that deserves this", Trump said. I feel so badly for him.

The president assailed California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein for not disclosing the allegations when she first learned of them in July.

What is Kavanaugh accused of?

From left, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Neither one of those options is useful if she wants to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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The mystery is why Ms. Ford's pitiful effort on behalf of her party has erected a roadblock to Kavanaugh's confirmation.

President Trump said Wednesday that her performance in that hearing could determine whether he stands by his embattled nominee. All these Kavanaugh defenders are suggesting Ford is a liar because she doesn't remember the exact date of "the party in question".

Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn't speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the alleged incident, which occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school.

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME, who has had her share of clashes with Mr Trump, said she hoped Ms Ford would reconsider a decision not to testify and "it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh" if she refuses.

A Republican senator lashed out Wednesday against Donald Trump Jr. for a weekend Instagram post mocking the woman at the center of this year's Supreme Court nomination fight. "They would seriously demean and reject their constitutional role of advising and consenting, if they don't vote at all", he said.

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The underlying reality is that Kavanaugh can not be defeated without at least two Senate Republican defections, and those "traitors" will be the focus of public attention, along with the fecklessness of the White House and Mitch McConnell in maintaining party discipline.

Trump Jr. described his artwork on Instagram with the caption: 'Judge Kavanaugh's sexual assault letter found by Dems'.

Here's the situation: With six weeks to go before crucial midterm elections, Republicans, who already have a problem appealing to women, are planning a high-profile public hearing that risks reminding women of why that is.

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