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McConnell on Kavanaugh’s accusations
McConnell on Kavanaugh’s accusations
Top Republican senators have informed on Monday sharply Democratic sen Dianne Feinstein for the waiting time criticised for almost two months, the Judicary Committee on the decades-old sexual assault allegations, now upending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, called the delay “deeply disturbing”, as to be agreed with the White house that the Prosecutor deserves to be heard.
That Prosecutor, Christine Blasey Ford, sent Feinstein’s office a letter in July, according to The Washington Post. But Feinstein, only went public with the then-anonymous claim, last Thursday, according to a report by The Intercept stated that they had moved to “source control” is an important document on Kavanaugh, and only a week before the today, crucial judiciary Committee vote on his confirmation.
In a dramatic, full-throated speech in the Senate, Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to say that excoriated Democrats for what he described as an “11th hour” theatricality, that the allegations should have been sent addressed previously either in the “thousand-plus follow-up questions, the senators, to judge Kavanaugh, in writing,” or in the closed, off-the-record meeting held by the judiciary Committee.
“Well, that’s an indictment of the 36-year-old misconduct dating back to high school was brought forward at the last minute in an irregular manner,” McConnell said. “It is an indictment, the ranking member of the Committee of jurisdiction is known to hold about a minimum of six weeks known about for six weeks-but chose a secret until the 11th hour.”
McConnell also accused Democrats aware of the leak of the letter, orchestrated the existence of The Intercept report. “The chain-of-custody of this letter is running through the democratic side of the judiciary Committee,” he said.
McConnell, the conclusion that the situation was “really not fair” to either Kavanuagh, or Ford, was one of many Republicans, the unloading of Democrats throughout the day.
“The minority denied the anonymous accusations for six weeks, only to decide later that you investigate the vote seriously enough to be on the eve of the Committee after the review was completed,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement, which also noted that “Dr. Ford deserves to be heard.”
Grassley slammed Feinstein’t Republicans say, even in private, about the claims against Kavanaugh during the days of the private and public hearings of the candidates. Ford has claimed that in the summer in the 1980s, when they forced both of them in high school, Kavanaugh, and covered her mouth with his hand before they escape.
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“Unfortunately, Committee Republicans have only known the identity of the person from the news, for less than 24 hours and acquaintances about their allegations, less than a week,” Grassley continued. “Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has this information for many weeks and deprived of your colleagues of the necessary information to do our Job.”
The top Republicans, Feinstein accused refuses to help, set-up, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, which he called “standard procedure”, when there are updates for a nominee’s background file.
“I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday together with me to plan this follow-up,” Grassley wrote. “So far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in the assessment of these claims, I will continue to work.”
In response, all ten Democrats on the Committee on legal Affairs in a statement the Republicans for holding employees condemn-level calls with Kavanaugh in the Wake of the allegations, said the FBI should first investigate.
“It’s really not fair to neither of them how it was handled.”
– Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins
“In view of the extent and severity of these allegations, which did not participate in an employee-only phone call behind closed doors is unacceptable and Democratic staff,” the senators wrote. “This is not how things should be done, and is in complete violation of how this Committee has worked in the past.”
Fox News has learned that the FBI would normally require that certain instructions from the White house for a further review of the allegations, which it is not a Federal crime, within the applicable limitation period.
In the meantime, another important member of the judicial evaluation Commission, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has agreed that “all the Prosecutor deserves to be heard.” But he has also let on that Feinstein had, at best, badly botched situation.
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“I remain deeply disappointed by the way the Senate Democrats have so grossly abused, these allegations so far,” said Luke. “It seems in bad faith to keep this information from Republicans and from the FBI for about a month and then propose, in the last hour, that the only way forward is for the delay of the confirmation to allow the FBI to investigate.”
Luke spoke with Kavanaugh in the Wake of Ford’s allegations, and said the candidate is not told Luke, he was at a party like the one she describes, and that Ford be confused maybe, “” who has learned for someone else, Fox News. In the Washington Post the history of Ford outlined the allegations, she admitted, she couldn’t remember who owned the house where the alleged assault took place, or why the young people were gathered there.
Ford, The Post is provided with documentation that showed that you had told your therapist in 2012 that four persons “, an elite boys ‘ school,” the now “is highly respected and senior members of the society in Washington,” had she had attacked decades earlier. But not to mention you, Kavanaugh a name to this time, and told The Post that the therapist had misunderstood her to say, she was attacked by four people, rather than Kavanaugh and his friend.
A key potential swing vote, the Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, told reporters on Monday, “of Course, if judge Kavanaugh lied about what happened, that would be disqualifications.”
But, she added, “There are a lot of questions, inconsistencies, gaps and, therefore, to be fair, we need to know what is happening. … I want to have both people in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath.”
At the end of Sunday, Collins said in an interview with The New York Times that the Democrats had treated both Kavanaugh and his accusers wrong — remarks, McConnell cited Monday.
“What is puzzling me is not the Democrats, by bringing this earlier, after he has managed this information for more than six weeks, cast a cloud of doubt on both, the professor and the judge,” Collins told the paper. “If you don’t believe, Professor Ford, why you have the surface, this information earlier, and so he could the question? And if they didn’t believe her and chose to withhold the information, why you decide to solve at the 11th hour? It’s really not fair to neither of them how it was handled.”
In a statement, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has in a similar way to target Feinstein: “the fact That the Democrats have treated so incredibly wrong of this until now, is no excuse for us to do the same. If Democrats sit on the Committee dealing with these quickly and in a bipartisan way through regular order, then it is clear that your only intention is to smear judge Kavanaugh and derail his nomination.”
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The judiciary Committee votes, if on Thursday, if the advance Kavanaugh expected his nomination was postponed and a hearing scheduled, at which both Kavanaugh and Ford, to testify.
The Committee has given 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats and one by Republicans — Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake — he wanted more information about Ford, the allegations before a vote is held
It is not strictly necessary for the candidacy approved by the Committee, to be confirmed by the full Senate. In 1991, Clarence Thomas narrowly won Supreme Court confirmation, after the judiciary Committee sent his nomination for the Democrat-held Senate, without a recommendation, in the Wake of sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, which he strictly denied.
But as the day seemed to move forward, Republicans are increasingly open to the off-screen voice button. President Trump on Monday told reporters that the Senate should “hear all” in the “full process”, as he praised Kavanaugh as “one of the finest people I have ever known” and called Democrats ” the late release of the indictment as a “very regrettable.”
“If there is a small delay, it will take a bit of a delay,” said Trump in the White house.
Earlier in the day, top Trump aide Kelly Anne Conway had said, that the Prosecutor “should not be ignored or insulted,” and should be heard instead of”.”
Anti-Kavanaugh mood, which led to dozens of demonstrations and arrests during its hearings earlier this month, was ready to spill out on the streets on Monday. Planned Parenthood announced their intention to hold a rally, the Kavanaugh outside of the Supreme Court in the evening in the support of Ford and “to demand, to stop the senators immediately-nomination.”
The timeline is expected to be a Central theme in the coming days. Ford, The Washington Post had contacted a tip line in “early July” about the alleged episode, according to the paper, and corresponded, moreover, to your local Congressman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. at about the same time.
At this point, The reported Post, Kavanaugh has been widely discussed as a possible Supreme court pick, but President Trump had not yet announced its selection — which means these matches occurred sometime before 9. July.
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the judiciary Committee, you received a letter from the 30. July 2018 from Ford, who wrote that Kavanaugh had pinned her in a bed and covered your mouth, which in the early 1980s. But the top Democrat was publicly mum about these allegations until last Thursday, when she released a cryptic statement to say that they had received information from a Person, “the much-confidentiality requested” and had “referred the matter to the Federal investigation authorities.”
The Intercept before published story of the day, from which it is clear that the letter had something of an open secret on Capitol Hill — but also that Feinstein had refused, together with other members of the legal Committee. The report has not specified, the leaked information in the letter, but claimed that Feinstein had actions that caused the voltage to the judiciary Committee.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.