Republicans have rejected the comparisons to the Hill proceedings. Because Ford's accusation is already public, Grassley argued that it was appropriate for the Senate to step in with its own investigation as lawmakers did when the Hill allegation first became public.
A senior Senate Democratic aide noted that reopening Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks was fairly routine; 10 such probes into judicial nominees had been reopened in the last three months alone, the aide said.
A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Susan Collins, Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.
"A prominent DC conservative, trying to promote an alternate theory that someone else (and not Kavanaugh) may have sexually assaulted Professor Ford, named that person, showed photographs suggesting Ford confused the two and more", CNN anchor Jake Tapper said on Twitter. "Key aspects of our nation's health-care and labor laws may be at risk if Mr. Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appointment".
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had originally set a Friday deadline for Ford to submit testimony and had scheduled a hearing for Monday. "I think everything's going to be just fine". "We can't force her to do that".
She has requested that Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge be subpoenaed to testify, a move that a committee staffer said was unlikely because it is not traditional for a committee to subpoena for nominations. The FBI has included the allegation in Kavanaugh's background file, and is not opening any additional probe at this time, although the president could theoretically direct the FBI to undertake a further review.
Republicans have largely stuck to the Monday timeline, as well as Grassley's decision to limit the hearing to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Ford. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh". "You have to ask yourself why".
Deborah Ford Peters said Ford is down to earth, hardworking and honest.
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That being said, as President Trump has said over the last several days, with the allegations that have emerged, it's important that we give it time, that we hear from both sides, and we have every confidence that Senator Grassley and the Republicans in the Senate will handle these allegations properly. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and President Donald Trump have continued to oppose having the Federal Bureau of Investigation handle the incident. "I look forward to the opportunity to testify before the Committee".
The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after Hill raised allegations against Thomas.
The left has been having its usual field day with truth, drumming a beat that Christine Blasey Ford is a victim, simply because she pointed a finger Judge Brett Kavanaugh's way, and therefore she has a right to remain hidden in the shadows, shielded from questioning and criticisms and prying eyes into her past because, after all - she is the Victim.