#DearProfessorFord: Film Director Paola Mendoza Launched a Campaign to Support Kavanaugh's Accuser

21 September, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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"He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.

They want her allegations to be investigated by the USA government before she appears for a hearing in Congress.

Trump said Ford "deserves" to be heard and should have an opportunity to share her story at a high-stakes hearing scheduled for Monday, which was thrown into turmoil when her lawyers requested an FBI investigation before she testifies.

Debra Katz, one of Ford's attorneys, said in Thursday's email that she wanted to set up a call later that day to discuss conditions for Ford's testimony. Ford's attorneys raised the possibility of subpoenaing several witnesses including Mark Judge, who she says egged Kavanaugh on during the assault. The Senate must confirm Supreme Court nominees.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday.

The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home". The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims.

Grassley, a Republican, sent a letter on Wednesday to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

Politico reported that Ford asked to have Kavanaugh testify first, and does not want him in the room when she testifies. But Tuesday, she began insisting on an FBI investigation of her allegations and said other witnesses should also participate in a hearing.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee permit a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears.

Numerous Republicans had called for the confirmation process to move forward if Ford would not agree to testify, and they accused Democrats of trying to stall the confirmation process.

Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1 or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh. Over 50 people were arrested at Senate offices on Capitol Hill today while demonstrating against Kavanaugh. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailing the allegations.

Feinstein received a letter in July from constituent Christine Blasey Ford that detailed an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh in high school. Some critics have posted allegations against Ford on the internet that have been debunked. In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of United States adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in suburban Maryland.

"So anything outside of the scope would (presumably?) need a request from the White House", she added.

One of the four has yet to be publicly identified.

"Dr Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago", Ms Banks said in a statement.

Twelve of Ford's family members wrote an open letter, posted on Twitter by her niece, actress and singer Bridgit Mendler, calling Ford "highly ethical" and saying "her honesty is above reproach".

"Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them", she said on radio WVOM in Bangor.


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