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Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Kavanaugh

19 September 2018

Or are they going to say that they remember a party on a particular date and that Ford and Kavanaugh were both there?

While his Republican challenger had little to say about the new allegations, West Virginia Democratic Sen.

In response to the letter, Grassley wrote that the invitation for a Monday hearing "still stands". The letter, signed by 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school. insists that the judge "has behaved honorably and treated women with respect".

"She's willing to testify under oath", the senator said. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has demanded that the FBI conclude their own investigation into the allegations, despite the fact that appears to not be happening.

In a blog post on Monday, Lenora M. Lapidus, director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, echoed Hill's argument by encouraging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to make sure they "get it right this time around" by not repeating the mistakes of the past. Some, including Grassley, have questioned the fairness of making Kavanaugh withdraw his nomination for an assault that, if true, he would have committed at 17 (the other side contends that if the alleged assault occurred, no matter when it was, Kavanaugh shouldn't be appointed to a potentially lifetime position).

President Donald Trump called Bush to notify him of Kavanaugh's nomination to the country's highest court.

Unlike Thomas, who allegedly behaved offensively as an adult and fully sober, "you and I know high school kids". "It's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said. Without Kennedy on the court, the justices are split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

The committee's chairman, Iowa Sen.

However, as Kavanaugh-who already was deeply unpopular before Ford's allegations were made public-hasn't given any indication that he will stop seeking a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, other advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers are calling for a delay of any confirmation vote until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can fully investigate Ford's claims.

"Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay".

Banks said Ford was not motivated by politics but ultimately chose to provide her account "so that those making a very important decision can make an informed decision with all the facts". "I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".

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The president, who himself faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct that emerged during the 2016 presidential election, said he did not meet with Kavanaugh when the nominee visited the White House.

Kavanaugh responded through the White House with a categorical denial.

Katz said Ford believes "she would have been raped" by Kavanaugh had he not been drunk.

Several of the women continued their defense after Ford revealed her identity, but dozens of the signees did not return requests for comment from Politico.

She claims that an intoxicated Kavanaugh pinned her down during a party in Marlyand and attempted to remove her clothing.

Judge denied the allegation in an interview with The Weekly Standard on Friday. Fox also reports that "significant gaps" in Ford's timeline might be filled in over the next few days by third parties, which means ...

But in terms of the differences, they're rather stark. "She had this meeting, (with Kavanaugh) why didn't she bring it up?"

The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser will do next Monday, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace. "And I'm going to be respectful, and I hope my colleagues will be too".

The attorney also stated that before her client appears at the hearing, she wants an FBI investigation into Mr Kavanaugh. Corker, however, does not sit on the panel. Kavanaugh's supporters in the Senate and the White House question Democrats' motives, suggesting all they really want is to delay a confirmation vote.

"I'm very supportive", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Kavanaugh