Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Democrats Call for Delay to Kavanaugh Vote amid Sexual Assault Accusation

Almost 27 years after her sexual harassment allegations against a Supreme Court nominee were met with disbelief and attacks on her character, Anita Hill is hoping that in this #MeToo moment, the response can be different.

California professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of trying to attack her and remove her clothing in the early 1980s when they were both high school students. Katz said, "I would say no one in their right mind regardless of their motive would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of annihilation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go through". Unlike supreme court justice Elena Kagan, who worked for the Clinton administration and released all of her White House communications during her confirmation process, Kavanaugh has not allowed a full look into his time working in the Bush White House.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she said.

Leahy did not weigh in on the matter again until late Monday morning, when he joined all of his fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in ordering its chair, Sen. She said she managed to escape once Kavanaugh's friend, identified as Mark Judge, jumped on top of them. In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the FBI - which has added a letter from Christine Blasey Ford to Kavanaugh's already completed background report file - had already done all it was going to do, because "the allegation does not involve any potential federal crime". "And I don't think I'm alone in this". Ford is a professor, so some of Kavanaugh's online defenders chose to dig up student reviews of her classes.

In the interview with Seven Days, Leahy said he learned of Blasey Ford's allegations last week, when he was pulled of the floor of the Senate during a debate over a trio of appropriations bills. Her therapist in 2012 wrote that there were four boys present, a discrepancy Ford attributed to a mistake on the therapist's part. "We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities", the letter reads.

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Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford. They include: shame, denial, minimization, fear of the consequences, low self-esteem, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, lack of information, disbelief.

Feinstein has been around Washington long enough to know that her opaque statement guaranteed that the contents of the letter, sent by a Stanford law professor on behalf of the accuser, would be pursued and publicized in short order. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense". The person described Kavanaugh as "resolute" and eager to defend himself.

"It is quite possible-or even likely-that hearings won't prevent Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed given the equivocal evidence against him and, perhaps even more important, the number of Republicans and red-state Democrats in the Senate". Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Trump said, "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".

Twenty-five years ago, Anita Hill testified about sexual harassment from then-nominee Clarence Thomas.

Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter. She was reluctant to come forward. "She was always warm, and she's a really, really good girl ... won probably every single award you could probably win at Holton Arms".

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