A girl who has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump‘s U.S. Supreme Courtroom nominee, of sexual misconduct a long time in the past is keen to publicly testify earlier than a Senate panel set to vote this week on his nomination, her lawyer mentioned on Monday, whereas Kavanaugh referred to as the allegation “fully false.”
Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of making an attempt to assault her and take away her clothes within the early 1980s after they have been each highschool college students in a Maryland suburb outdoors Washington. Kavanaugh, the Republican president’s second nominee for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest courtroom, has denied the allegations.
“It is a fully false allegation. I’ve by no means finished something like what the accuser describes – to her or to anybody,” Kavanaugh mentioned in an announcement issued by the White Home.
“As a result of this by no means occurred, I had no concept who was making this accusation till she recognized herself yesterday,” Kavanaugh added.
“I’m keen to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any method the Committee deems applicable to refute this false allegation, from 36 years in the past, and defend my integrity,” he mentioned within the assertion.
The accusation has threatened to complicate his nomination, which have to be accepted first by the Judiciary Committee after which by the total chamber, which is narrowly managed by Trump‘s fellow Republicans. A committee vote is scheduled for Thursday, simply weeks earlier than Nov. 6 congressional elections.
Some Republicans on the committee have mentioned Ford ought to have an opportunity to inform her story, a view additionally expressed on Monday by White Home senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
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In tv interviews on Monday, Ford’s Washington-based lawyer, Debra Katz, mentioned her consumer can be keen to talk out publicly. Requested if that included testimony below oath at a public listening to earlier than senators, Katz advised CBS’s “This Morning” program: “She’s keen to do what she must do.”
Katz’s feedback instructed any public listening to might be explosive. Ford believes Kavanaugh’s alleged actions have been “tried rape” and “that if it weren’t for the extreme intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped,” Katz advised NBC’s “At present” program.
Katz advised CBS that Ford had consumed a beer however was not drunk.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley plans to talk with Kavanaugh and Ford earlier than the committee’s scheduled vote, in line with a spokesman for the senator.
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Fellow Republican panel member Jeff Flake has urged the committee to delay its vote till it hears from Ford. One other committee Republican, Lindsey Graham, welcomed listening to from Ford however mentioned it ought to “be finished instantly so the method can proceed as scheduled.”
Republicans maintain a slim 11-10 benefit on the Judiciary Committee and a 51-49 majority within the Senate.
Even earlier than the allegation emerged, Kavanaugh’s destiny appeared to relaxation on two reasonable Republican ladies senators who help abortion rights.
Certainly one of them, Senator Lisa Murkowski, advised CNN late on Sunday that Republicans “may need to think about” discussing a attainable delay. The opposite, Senator Susan Collins, advised the New York Occasions that the allegations are critical and that Ford ought to be interviewed. However Collins additionally questioned why Democrats had not raised them earlier.
Ford had detailed her story in a letter despatched to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July. The contents of the letter leaked final week and Ford recognized herself in an interview with the Washington Put up revealed on Sunday.
Ford has not responded to a Reuters request for remark.
Conway mentioned sworn testimony from each Kavanaugh and Ford on the precise allegation ought to be thought-about as a part of the document within the choose’s hearings. “This lady shouldn’t be insulted and he or she shouldn’t be ignored,” Conway mentioned in an interview with Fox Information.
If Kavanaugh’s nomination fails, Trump would get to pick a alternative, however that nominee seemingly wouldn’t be confirmed by the Senate earlier than the election. Even when Republicans lose management of the Senate within the midterm elections, they seemingly would have the ability to vote on a second nominee earlier than the brand new Congress is seated in January.