Bret Baier: Kavanaugh Allegation 'Politically Dangerous' for Both Parties

Sep 18, 2018, 01:15
Bret Baier: Kavanaugh Allegation 'Politically Dangerous' for Both Parties

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", said Conway, who added that Kavanaugh should also have an opportunity under oath to address Ford's allegations.

FILE - White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, Feb. 23, 2018. "And how it's handled for the next 48 to 72 hours, I think will be a really politically risky thing for both parties".

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Demand Justice, told ABC News that this is the first time since Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement that trigger Kavanaugh's nomination, the group is targeting Colorado and Nevada in an effort to put pressure on Republican Senators Dean Heller and Cory Gardner, to halt the confirmation process.

At least one Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Jeff Flake, told the Post on Sunday that Ford "must be heard" and urged the panel not to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until it can hear from her. Republicans hold only an 11-10 majority on the committee, so Flake's vote could make a difference. If they point out that her therapist's notes, the ones that Ford claims prove her charge, in some ways contradict what she is now saying, they will be portrayed as a bunch of men attacking a sexual assault survivor.

Republican leadership on the Judiciary Committee have questioned the timing of the revelation of Ford's letter and her allegation, coming just as the committee was preparing to vote on the nomination on Thursday.

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Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process.

The White House says "Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement". Ford's husband, Russell Ford, said he recalled his wife using Kavanaugh's last name and expressing concern that Kavanaugh - then a federal judge - might someday be nominated to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has "categorically" denied the allegations.

President Donald Trump's eldest son has appeared to mock Dr Ford's sexual assault allegation.

In morning television interviews, Mrs Katz said her client was willing to tell her story in public to the judiciary panel, although no politicians or their aides had yet contacted her.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation for the Supreme Court is taking an uncertain turn. Ford, whose identity was unknown until Sunday, had sent a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July.

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Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes.

Cramer and Republican Sen. "This isn't how things should be done and is in complete violation of how this committee has worked in the past", Democrats on the committee said in a statement.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

"This is about turnout", Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist from MA, said in a phone interview with Mic of the allegations' impact on the November vote.

Kavanaugh says in the statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself".

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The letter as read to CNN said the woman had "not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the assault", but had seen the other person once, and that he "was extremely uncomfortable seeing me". Hatch has been adamant about proceeding with Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in spite of these claims, and when he spoke to Manu Raju on Monday, he insisted that Ford is "mistaken" with her accusations. Today there are four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee and 23 in the Senate.