Kavanaugh's accuser made her move -- now Republicans have to choose

Kavanaugh's accuser made her move -- now Republicans have to choose

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, said the FBI should investigate her claims as a "first step" before she testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee.

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) listens during a markup hearing September 13 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Feinstein has demanded that the confirmation vote be postponed until the FBI investigates claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Despite the potential for high drama and even disaster, Blasey Ford's offer to testify before the Judiciary Committee was one Trump, McConnell and the Senate Republicans could not refuse while still hoping to confirm Kavanaugh. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats.

Matt Barber, co-founder and chief counsel of Christian Civil Rights Watch, says Republicans deserve blame, too, for backtracking on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh over allegations by Christine Blasey Ford of a sexual assault in the 1980s.

One of those Republicans, Arizona senator Jeff Flake, tweeted Tuesday night: "When Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh".

Katz did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Senate leaders announced the move under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor in California. How and why Ford went from wanting to preserve her anonymity to being willing to publicly talk about the incident isn't a process that should be chalked up simply to politics.

Trump blamed Democrats for the delay weeks before the USA midterm congressional elections on November 6, but he said there was enough time to get his pick confirmed before the elections.

Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.

Two hours after Ford's story first appeared on The Washington Post website Sunday, TV trucks arrived in the neighborhood.

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"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said. It did so. I now implore Dr. Ford to accept the invitation for Monday, in a public or private setting.

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has made it her personal duty to ask all Trump administration nominees that encounter the Senate Judiciary Committee if they've ever committed sexual harassment or assault.

The stakes of such a hearing for Kavanaugh, who will also testify, are obvious. In the last decade, we have seen the Supreme Court legalize gay marriage, reshape campaign finance laws and uphold the Affordable Care Act and Trump's travel ban.

The attorney also stated that before her client appears at the hearing, she wants an FBI investigation into Mr Kavanaugh.

She did not say that Ford has a duty to testify but rather the question is whether Senators will give her a real chance to speak instead of a "sham proceeding". Thomas was ultimately confirmed, but only after a nasty televised hearing in which Hill faced pointed questions from Republican senators and the nominee said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks".

The charge against Kavanaugh has left Trump and his Republicans in the precarious position of having to reject Ford's accusation without alienating women voters ahead of the midterm polls in which the Republicans could lose control of Congress.

Now, Ford and Kavanaugh will both testify in a public hearing on Monday.

The looming showdown is reminiscent of Anita Hill's accusation in 1991 that Clarence Thomas - a Supreme Court nominee then serving on the same federal appeals court - sexually harassed her in the workplace when he was in his 30s.

Still, Conway and other Republicans are going out of their way to say they want Ford and Kavanaugh to be heard.

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