Trump defends Supreme Court pick after sex assault allegation

Trump defends Supreme Court pick after sex assault allegation

Kerry Wise
September 20, 2018

Ford provided portions of the therapist's notes to the paper, which described an incident without mentioning Kavanaugh by name.

FILE - In this December 8, 2017, file photo, Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Those looking to how the public received Hill's accusations against Thomas in hopes that Kavanaugh will still prevail may see a good sign in that the percentage of Americans supporting his nomination did not drop after Hill's allegations and testimony. Flake went as far as to say he was "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.

Ford, now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University, told The Washington Post that an intoxicated Kavanaugh corralled her into a bedroom at a Maryland party when she was around 15 and he was about 17, held her down on a bed, tried to undress her and held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Collins on Monday called for both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic Sen. However, at least at this point, we should be keeping an open mind not just to all the possibilities which would confirm her story, but also of those which might do the same for his version. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh's jumped on him.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".

"If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay", Trump said of the confirmation process. He said Democrats never raised it throughout the several days of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing that he said included "sometimes weird innuendo".

Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public.

President Donald Trump's eldest son is appearing to mock a woman's sexual assault allegations against his father's nominee for the Supreme Court.

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, tweeted that "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".

In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.

Before Ford had come forward, he said, "So far, the claims against Kavanaugh are _still_ a terrible dirty trick". But Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous". White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to set the tone across multiple morning shows on Monday when she pushed for Ford to be allowed to testify before lawmakers.

The Judiciary Committee is split between majority Republicans and Democrats 11-10.

Stressing that Mr Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character".

Ford came forward to the Post on Sunday, attaching her name to the anonymous allegation.

"I'm glad that chairman Grassley is following standard practice and regular order", McConnell said, referring to the chairman's plan to conduct "by the book with bipartisan interviews" of Kavanaugh and his accuser.

"I think it's too soon to tell, but Flake is the one man with the leverage to do this", GOP strategist Rick Wilson told Politico.

"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", Grassley said. The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations.