Is Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination Doomed?

Is Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination Doomed?

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listen on the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on September 4, 2018.

Keyser's denial, as a female classmate and Ford's last alleged witness, is the most consequential development that has occurred since Ford publicly stepped forward last Sunday and detailed her allegations to the Washington Post.

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left-wing politicians who don't want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay", Trump wrote.

Senate Republicans had scheduled a hearing for Monday, but Ford's lawyers first demanded an FBI investigation - out of the question, as advice and consent for Supreme Court seats are the purview of the Senate, not the executive branch - and then suggested that Ford was too claustrophobic to fly due to the alleged assault.

"Dr. Blasey Ford has bravely come forward with her story of sexual assault at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh, despite knowing this will come at great cost to her life and her family", said NARAL in a statement.

Also unclear is what day she might come to Capitol Hill and whether she's offering to speak in a public session or a private one.

Trump mused to confidants that the "fake" attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House.

Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said of Christine Blasey Ford to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.

If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, he could bring a rightward shift to the Supreme Court for decades, and the battle is playing out amid a divided country. Three 15-year-old girls from Idaho penned an open letter to Ford on Change.org urging her to testify about her experience, which has so far garnered over 35,000 signatures. They could also use staff attorneys to the Republican majority on the committee.

Blasey Ford, a professor from California, is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.




Earlier Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told "Fox News Sunday" that Ford's lawyers were still contesting two GOP conditions - that Ford and Kavanaugh would be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel would ask the questions.

Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation.

She alleges a teenage and drunken Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party in suburban Maryland in 1982.

Ford's legal team has said she strongly prefers that her allegations are fully investigated before she testifies.

The attorneys said they did not know when they would have answers to the unresolved issues.

Grassley rebuffed other Ford requests, including calling additional witnesses.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations, telling sources he was "flabbergasted" when he learned of them.

As revealed by both the Washington Post and the New York Times, Ford originally sent a letter to her Representative, Anna Eshoo.

Republicans are frustrated over what they say was the deliberate timing of the last-minute revelation of Ford's allegation, accusing Democrats of seeking to prevent the process from finishing before the midterm elections in a few weeks.

The board said in a statement that Whelan, its president, offered his resignation Friday, but the board declined to accept it, deciding instead that he would take a leave of absence, and that the board will meet in a month to review the situation.

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