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Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court hits a roadblock

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who charged that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court, assaulted her years ago when they were teenagers, will testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee with Judge Kavanaugh, but against his nomination.

The hearing will begin at 10.a.m. Monday in the Hart Senate Office Building

Judge Brett Kavanugh

Yesterday, Kavanaugh  issued a statement refuting allegations that he attempted to sexually violate Ford, a  high-school classmate during a drunken party more than 30 years ago.

Dr. Ford, now a biostatistician at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, California, charged in a letter that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge forced her into a bedroom during a house party.

The boys shut the door, turned up the music and Kavanaugh laid on top of her, putting his hand over her mouth to muffle her cries. He then tried to remove her swimsuit. This occurred after some heavy drinking. She escaped without them raping her.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. Judge also didn’t recall the incident.

Ford mailed the letter to a California Congresswoman who then sent it to  Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senator Judiciary Committee, which has grilled Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

The committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, must decide whether to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full U.S. Senate for a vote that would give him a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. If that happens, Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second most powerful court in the land, would replace Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who has retired.

Before these allegations, Kavanaugh was a shoe-in, but no longer. There now have been calls from Democrats for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify under oath before the committee.

Trump said he doesn’t mind if the vote is delayed to give Ford a chance to testify.

 

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