New questions over 'what happens at Georgetown Prep'

New questions over 'what happens at Georgetown Prep'

But Judge Brett Kavanaugh chose to share his personal connections with the District of Columbia-based university.

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Asked about Ford saying she wouldn't appear on Monday, the chairman indicated it would not go on without the accuser present because the nominee would not know the full scope of allegations against him. "But I think everybody should be clear about what the stakes are of her decision to come forward or not before the committee".

But Ford's lawyers have called for a federal investigation of her claims before she speaks to the Senate. "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.

The standoff left both parties gambling over which of their approaches would appeal to voters in November's elections, which will determine House and Senate control. But it's in among Senate Democrats, not Republicans. Grassley said Ford "deserves to be heard" and that the invitation to testify still stands.

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people I have ever known", Mr Trump told reporters from the Oval Office.

"Brett Kavanaugh talking about his high school in 2015: "What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep".

That remark was noteworthy because most Republicans have handled the question of Ford's credibility more gingerly. "I think that's been a good thing for all of us". Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term. But Judge's 1997 memoir, "Wasted", references a "Bart O'Kavanaugh" character who passes out drunk and throws up in a vehicle.

A look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh
A look at Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh

That could result in a tense replay of the lurid 1991 hearing on Justice Clarence Thomas, the conservative Supreme Court judge accused of repeated sexual harassment by a former assistant Anita Hill.

If the judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6, when congressional control will be at stake.

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced. The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes.

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.

We laugh at Booker, we gripe about Harris, but never forget that Gillibrand is the very worst of the young 2020 contenders for her bottomless cynicism.

If the hearing is held, Kavanaugh will have the opportunity to answer questions about his alleged conduct, the senator said, adding Kavanaugh and the only other named witness have "categorically" denied Ford's accusation.

In a separate letter to Democrats, Mr Grassley wrote that committee aides were "even willing to fly to California, or anywhere else, to meet her".

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