Nominee of the United States Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has fallen into a circle of misfortune since a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, came forward over the weekend and publicly accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her sexually when they were each in high school.
According to the Washington Post, Ford said that Kavanaugh had groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. However, Kavanaugh had been repeatedly denying the allegations, reiterating that he has never done”anything like what the accuser describes – to her or anyone.”
Both Ford and Kavanaugh were willing to testify regarding the allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which scheduled the hearing for the next week. However, echoing the Senate Democrats, Ford insisted on Tuesday for the FBI investigations first.
Speaking through her attorneys, she said she would cooperate with the committee, and left a possibility open of testifying about her allegations later. Ford also said that an investigation should be a “the first step” before she is put “on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.”
Republicans on the other hand denied to negotiate an alternative date and signalled to go ahead with the hearing without her. They also said, in case Ford refuses to appear, they would go ahead without her, and then possibly move to a vote. They have repeatedly stressed for Monday to be Ford’s opportunity to testify, either publicly or privately.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley initially suggested a private conference call on the matter would suffice. Later, he said his panel would hold a hearing next Monday “to provide ample transparency”.
The move forced Republicans to postpone a planned committee vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh’s nomination.Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by the President Donald Trump to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States with an announcement on July 9, 2018.
He had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations were reported against him.However, the delay is making it increasingly difficult for Kavanaugh to win approval by October 1, when the new session of the Supreme Court is to begin.
Echoing the comments ofSenator Richard Blumenthal from an interviewwith NPR, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermontadmitted that an FBI investigation may take a couple of weeks.
In this scenario, it would become difficult for the Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections, in which congressional control will be at stake.
The US President defended his choice and dismissed all the notions that talked about the withdrawal of Kavanaugh’s nomination. He also accused the Democrats of playing politics by not paid attention on the accusation against the judge until days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was poised to vote on his nomination.
Is it just a controversial conflict between the Democrats and Republicans, or the allegations put by Ford are really true?