Judge Kavanaugh says Sexual Misconduct Accusation ‘Completely False’
Monday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s US Supreme Court pick, called a woman’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her 36 years ago “completely false,” while a lawyer said the accuser is willing to publicly testify before a Senate panel that is scheduled to vote this week on his nomination.
In a day of fast-moving developments, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing the confirmation process sent a letter urging a delay in Thursday’s planned vote so the FBI can investigate the allegation.
Christine Blasey Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge chosen by President Trump for a lifetime job on the Top court, of trying to attack her and remove her clothing in Y 1982 when they were both high school students in a Maryland suburb outside Washington.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone,” Judge Kavanaugh said in a statement issued by the White House.
“Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday,” he also said he is willing to talk to the Judiciary Committee in any way it deems appropriate “to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
Judge Kavanaugh, whose statement was his 2nd denying the allegation but the 1st since Ms. Ford was publicly identified as his accuser, was at the White House on Monday morning, a White House official said.
Ms. Ford’s accusation has significantly complicated his nomination, which must be approved first by the Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by President Trump’s fellow Republicans.
The high-stakes confirmation fight comes just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from the Republicans.
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said sworn testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford on the specific allegation should be considered as part of the record in the judge’s hearings. “This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored,”Ms. Conway told the press.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said the standard procedure would be to conduct follow-up telephone calls with Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Ford.
Senator Grassley said he intends to work with the senior Democrat on the committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, to schedule the calls. He said Democrats so far have refused to cooperate.
“Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner,” Senator Grassley said in a statement.
Republicans hold a 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee and a 51-49 majority in the Senate.
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