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Accuser wants FBI to recheck Kavanaugh

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/19/18, 01:31 pm

A California college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both teenagers has asked for an FBI investigation into the incident before she agrees to testify at a hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee invited Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh to speak at a continuation of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing Monday.

Ford’s lawyers, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, sent a letter Tuesday to committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asking for an investigation before the committee made a decision on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The attorneys said that since Ford’s story went public, her “worst fears have materialized” and she has received harassment and threats. For Ford to testify publicly “at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh” constituted something “no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to,” they wrote.

Grassley said the committee offered Ford and her representatives the option of either a public or private hearing, and the Monday invitation still stands. “Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events,” he said. “Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.” A representative for the committee said the plan was for Ford and Kavanaugh to appear on two separate panels.

Senate Democrats also demand that, in light of Ford’s accusations, the FBI reopen its background check on Kavanaugh before the confirmation process proceeds. Republicans rescheduled the committee vote planned for Thursday in order to hear from Ford, but with it uncertain she’ll testify, some senators want to move forward with the confirmation process. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who is not on the Judiciary Committee, tweeted, “Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote.”

A former classmate of Kavanaugh’s, Patrick J. Smyth, also sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee, denying that he was involved in the incident described by Ford. “I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party,” he said. “I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Wednesday about Ford’s accusations. “Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing that’ll be very interesting,” the president said as he left the White House to survey storm damage in North Carolina. “We’ll have to make a decision. But I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened.”


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 09/19/2018 01:49 pm

    And along with the rest, we now have The Honorable Mazie Hirono basically saying all men are responsible for sexual assault.

    think there are probably still some adults in the Senate. 

    I would really hope they can take charge of this circus. 

  • WORLD User 221760
    Posted: Wed, 09/19/2018 01:56 pm

    The fact that Dianne Feinstein is in on this first tells me it is VERY SHADY!

    Who would EVER want to be JUDGED ON their teenage self. NOT me!

  • CJ
    Posted: Wed, 09/19/2018 04:37 pm

    My thoughts exactly! "Remember not the sins of my youth" Ps 25:7

  • MTJanet
    Posted: Wed, 09/19/2018 05:12 pm

    Not sure why Ford thinks she gets to call the shots nor do the dems.  Surely there is protocol in place for how to proceed with a charge against a nominee, especially at the eleventh hour.  If it is to hear her testimony, then she must decide whether or not to offer it in person.   Hard to believe that Feinstein did not prepare her for what she was most likely going to face.    

  • Nat Manzanita
    Posted: Wed, 09/19/2018 05:21 pm

    Hypothetical question: if Kavanaugh had done what he's accused of and had confessed it and repented of it, would that disqualify him from being on the Supreme Court? Do we want an America where teenage sins can never be washed away, no matter how profoundly the sinner repents?

     

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    CaptTee
    Posted: Thu, 09/20/2018 12:21 am
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    Gma Joyce 6
    Posted: Thu, 09/20/2018 01:06 pm

    Sexual misconduct allegations, if untrue, are a terrible way to promote one's  agenda.  It is so unfair to an innocent party to forever have some who will question his/her integrity!  What happened to the constitutional right for the accuse to face the accuser? 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 09/20/2018 04:25 pm

    Here is the scary thing in all of this, to me:

    This brouhaha, regardless of whether there is any merit in the accusations, is raising doubts in the minds of those who had been firm supporters of Judge Kavanaugh. So the support is softening. A few Senators are less likely to speak up in support, a few are likely to look for other reasons they can vote against confirmation without appearing to give in to the very sketchy teenage sexual misconduct story. 

    A Democrat, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, has provided one possible reason for the doubters to go along with:  Kavanaugh allegedly is in favor of allowing large corporate and special interest campaign donors to influence elections.  Horrors!  I don’t know if this is true, is implied by something in past Kavanaugh writings, or is made up out of whole cloth by the McCaskill team. Nor do most of us have any way of vetting this. Doesn’t matter. Some will seize on it and write to their Senators that Kavanaugh isn’t our man. 

    And if not that, there will be other “reasons” advanced to withdraw support for Kavanaugh. 

    Then the same will happen to the next candidate nominated by President Trump, then the next. 

    We need to stand firm and not allow the vague accusations to cause us to waver.  We must have conservatives on the Supreme Court!  

    But lest we (I!) forget, the Lord absolutely is in control of all!  Even if there is a radical leftist President (again) and a radically left Supreme Court majority!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 09/20/2018 04:41 pm

    And, here is the good thing in all of this, to me:

    With allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct coming from just about every possible direction in our society, I think we are examining and acknowledging sexual misconduct like never before. 

    We hear of it in the entertainment industry, the highest political figures, the Catholic Church, Evangelical ranks, high finance, in the bottom levels of society. 

    We are being forced to admit that we humans, particularly men, are very capable of objectifying and using the women we associate with, sometimes our male associates, even children, for our selfish sexual gratification. 

    Light shining into dark places has a disinfectant property.  May this lead to widespread repentance and even revival as we recognize the evil in what too many of us have regarded as mere everyday normal interactions between men and women  Normal it may have been, abusive it definitely is! 

    Lord, root the evil from our hearts, those of us who have thought it is our right to use another human created in Your Image, for our own gratification!

     

  • NEWS2ME
    Posted: Thu, 09/20/2018 07:53 pm

    Those who want to vote for K might be thinking that the Dems just might find someone who would accuse them as well. Isn't it sad that Dems will go out on a limb to get what they want, even if it's all lies. 

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Fri, 09/21/2018 03:09 am

    What is interesting is her abortion connections.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/09/christine-blasey-ford-published-eight-studies-about-abortion-pill-and-worked-for-company-that-produces-it/

    Also, the propaganda on the internet is all focused on making her credible as a witness. Ironically, her high school yearbook paints the girls out to be serious partying animals like animal house the movie. They claimed they learned to party their sophomore year at her all women/girl school! They brag about passing out drinking playing all kinds of drinking games. They describe themselves as partying for every excuse they could find. They even describe themselves taking advantage of younger boys in high school from other schools - hardly innocent young girls being preyed upon!

    https://cultofthe1st.blogspot.com/2018/09/why-christine-blasey-fords-high-school_19.html?m=1

     

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