The affirmation listening to for Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh was contentious, however nonetheless, the federal decide was anticipated to be confirmed by the Senate – till a psychology professor got here ahead to publicly accuse him of sexual assault.
Christine Blasey Ford has mentioned Kavanaugh assaulted her whereas at a home occasion within the early 1980s, once they have been youngsters. She mentioned Kavanaugh held her on a mattress, tried to take away her garments and held his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
After some back-and-forth between Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ford’s attorneys, each Ford and Kavanaugh seem set to testify earlier than lawmakers on Sept. 27.
As the main points concerning the listening to proceed to vary, right here’s an up-to-date take a look at what to anticipate from the much-anticipated listening to.
When is the listening to?
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a committee listening to continuation for Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. It will likely be public.
The listening to might be held within the Dirksen Senate Workplace Constructing.
Who will testify?
Each Kavanaugh and Ford are anticipated to testify on the listening to, with Ford going first. She is predicted to inform lawmakers about her accusation: Kavanaugh allegedly pinned her to a mattress, tried to take away her garments and lined her mouth together with his hand whereas at a home occasion within the early 1980s.
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Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and has mentioned he’d be keen to testify to clear his title ever for the reason that accusation got here to mild.
What are some circumstances?
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrangled with Ford’s staff forward of the scheduled listening to over the phrases of her look. He was in a position to grant a few of her requests.
After initially being deliberate for Monday, the listening to was moved to Thursday. It’s going to happen in a smaller room with just one digicam and “restricted press entry.”
Ford was additionally assured the power to have the ability to testify with out Kavanaugh within the room, “ample breaks” and safety.
Nevertheless, the committee didn’t comply with different calls for, together with: making Kavanaugh testify first and solely permitting senators to ask questions.
Who will ask the questions?
Within the listening to proposal, the Judiciary Committee mentioned it was reserving the fitting to have feminine workers attorneys query Kavanaugh and Ford through the listening to as a result of they’re “delicate to the particulars of Dr. Ford’s allegations and are skilled investigators.”
The GOP facet of the Judiciary Committee is made up of 11 males – which may ship an undesirable message on reside tv in opposition to the backdrop of the #MeToo period.
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Democratic senators, nonetheless, are anticipated to ask their very own questions through the listening to, in accordance with The Related Press.
Will there be any witnesses?
Regardless of requests from Ford’s attorneys to choose witnesses for the listening to, it’s as much as the Judiciary Committee to find out what witnesses are known as. Particularly, her attorneys have demanded Mark Decide – a buddy of Kavanaugh whom Ford mentioned was within the room when the alleged incident occurred – be subpoenaed and compelled to testify as a witness.
Decide has already denied the allegations earlier than the Judiciary Committee, in accordance with lawmakers. Moreover, the Judiciary Committee “doesn’t take witness requests from different witnesses,” the proposal mentioned.
Who sits on the Judiciary Committee?
Grassley is the chairman of the committee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is the rating member of the committee.
The Republicans on the committee are: Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana.
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The Democrats on the committee are: Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Chris Coons of Delaware, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.
Grassley has agreed to postpone the Judiciary Committee’s vote on Kavanaugh’s affirmation.
The Senate Judiciary Committee sometimes recommends a Supreme Court docket nominee to the complete Senate for a vote. The committee may give a good or unfavorable suggestion – or none in any respect.
Fox Information’ Gregg Re and The Related Press contributed to this report.