Kavanaugh Is Already Reshaping the Supreme Court

19 September, 2018, 20:50 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Ford said she decided it was her "civic responsibility" to come forward, and now a new hearing will take place.

Republicans had also displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination, setting the stage for full Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh by month's end, in time for the new Supreme Court session. During Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation, the George H.W. Bush White House asked the FBI to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants to hold a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh before the October 1 start of the Supreme Court's new term.

The White House appeared eager to resolve the matter quickly. GOP leaders threw out those plans and agreed to reconvene next week to hear from Kavanaugh, who denies the allegations, and Ford.

She added that these measures - including the FBI investigation, which Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is calling for - can't be avoided if lawmakers really want to find the truth.

"Depending on what happens with the rest of the confirmation process, the court might feel kind of battered and that it needs to take things more slowly", said Nicole Saharsky, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who has argued 29 cases before the Supreme Court.

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To callously use another person's alleged victimization as fodder for a fundraising campaign is grotesque exploitation and only serves to diminish the seriousness of the claim - which Democrats have already shamelessly exploited as a delaying tactic by withholding it for weeks, until just days before the scheduled vote on Kavanaugh.

200 women from her alma mater signed a letter in support of her. GOP leaders had originally meant to hold the committee vote Thursday, and only pushed it back a week after several Senate Republicans insisted that Ford must be given a chance to speak.

The potential for backlash is likely why the volatile Trump, who customarily would lash out at Kavanaugh's accuser, was muted on Monday.

Born into a well-off family in Montgomery County, Maryland, Ford has said she spent years working to recover from an assault as a young girl in that world of prep school parties - by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, she would disclose years later.

"I think he's very much on track", Trump said of Kavanaugh. "And we want to get it over with", Mr Trump said.

A second man named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the four boys who attended the high school pool party in which Brett Kavanaugh allegedly tried to force himself on her has denied Ford's claims.

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"She should not be insulted, she should not be ignored, she should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

President Donald Trump gave Kavanaugh a ringing new endorsement Tuesday, saying he felt "so badly" that Kavanaugh is facing scrutiny over allegations that he assaulted a teenage girl when both were in high school.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, which would be a major blow to the president's agenda. He would fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who stepped down from the court in July after 30 years and was conservative but joined liberals on issues such as access to abortion, affirmative action and LGBT rights.

"Why didn't senator Feinstein bring this up at her meeting with judge Kavanaugh?" he said. Grassley said. "We wouldn't be having this hearing if it wasn't for the fact that Dr. Ford told the Washington Post and other people publicly that she wanted to testify".

Democrats complain that Ms Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

She alleged Mr Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" at the time.

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