Brett Kavanaugh willing to 'refute' sexual assault allegation before Senate panel

Brett Kavanaugh willing to 'refute' sexual assault allegation before Senate panel

Kerry Wise
September 18, 2018

"Special Report" anchor Bret Baier agrees with Judge Andrew Napolitano that the sexual assault allegation facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will result in a hearing, similar to that of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill. The Washington Post reviewed her therapist's notes and found a record of Ford describing an attack by boys from an elite private school, but not mentioning Kavanaugh by name. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday".

Mrs Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, detailed her allegations in the Washington Post at the weekend.

FILE - White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, Feb. 23, 2018.

What does Ford say happened? . Of course an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check wouldn't produce an assault that was not reported at the time, and naming off the women Kavanaugh has not disrespected or assaulted throughout his career has nothing to do with what he allegedly did to Ford.

The Arizona senator is not the only Republican to voice concerns over Mr Kavanaugh's appointment being pushed through at speed, in light of the allegations.

Donald Trump Jr posted an image on Instagram on Monday with the caption "Judge Kavanaugh sexual assault letter found by Dems". Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats.

Kavanaugh has said he was not at the party where the incident was alleged to have occurred, according to a White House official.

Debra Katz, attorney representing Ford, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss details of the allegations and why she thinks Republicans are trying to play hardball.

Asked whether the FBI is investigating the Kavanaugh allegation, the FBI said, as it did last week, that there is no FBI investigation.

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Ford's former high school is located seven miles away from Kavanaugh's former high school, and each of them are single-sex educational institutions. Explaining Ford's initial reluctance to come forward, Katz said, "No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though".

Even if Ford's account is true - and not politically motivated, as she insisted - it does not fit with the testimony of about 200 other women. The Senate Judiciary Committee has set its vote on his nomination for this coming Thursday.

Another Republican member, Senator Lindsey Graham, said he is willing to hear from Ms Ford provided that it is "done immediately" to keep the confirmation process on track.

Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee and a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Susan Collins, one of the key swing on the nomination, said that she wanted both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford. But Democrats say that staff calls ― normally routine for most Supreme Court nominees ― aren't the appropriate way to handle the matter.

"We need to hear from her", he told news website Politico.

The GOP-controlled Judiciary Committee has previously scheduled a Thursday vote on whether to recommend approval of Kavanaugh's nomination in the full Senate.

Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.