Bush stands by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegation

We've heard from all three principals, and there are no other witnesses to call. "Odds are it will be a circus".

Democrats have felt a lot more confident in recent days that Kavanaugh's nomination could be toast, but that newfound optimism might evaporate if Ford decides not to attend the hearing. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas. We can't know who is telling the truth here, so we can't possibly try, is the underlying argument. That's particularly true given the stakes here. "Many of us are survivors ourselves", the letter reads. It's a hugely influential role, and knowing the character of the people you are putting on the court is absolutely essential. Ford told the Post that she did not tell anyone, including her husband, about the incident until 2012.

Asked by Hewitt if he was considering including a female counsel who would ask questions, Grassley said, "All those things are being taken into consideration".

Thomas won confirmation by a vote of 52 to 48, with 11 Democrats supporting him in a Senate they controlled.

Even the ones that I thought were my heroes turned into real chumps. The Supreme Court nominee denies committing the assault that Ford described.

Ford also told the Post that the assault ended when Judge jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, knocking them off the bed and allowing her to flee to the bathroom. When something smells. We all know this.

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

Feinstein later clarified to reporters that she finds Ford credible, based on what she knowns so far.

Among the latest members of that group: Dianne Feinstein, I guess.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh.

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Thomas, who was nominated by President George H.W. Bush, related in his memoir that when he was first asked by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents whether he made sexual advances to Hill or talked about pornography with her, he replied, "Absolutely not". Let's face it: This is so patently unfair to her. "She's surely prepared. She hired a lawyer, I understand, back in August".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. She faced intense and probing questioning about her encounters with Thomas, who went on to be confirmed. As one of California's best-known politicians and one with deep pockets, Feinstein has kept de Leon's challenge at bay even as he's sought to paint her as too deferential to President Donald Trump. "These are the actions of someone who was prepared to go public from the beginning if she had to".

Holton-Arms School YearbookChristine Ford's 1984 yearbook picture. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning. Virtually any outcome in which the hearing happens and she shows up works out well for them.

The Journal piece offers a barely veiled threat at Senate Republicans.

The party is overwhelmingly standing by Kavanaugh. I'm not sure, politically speaking, that's actually true, but it's also beside the point.

Until Monday, Trump had remained silent about the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"There may be facts that might not make the witness look good, but trying to suppress or change them will undoubtedly come back to haunt her", he said.

"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward.

The Journal editorial isn't totally wrong. (A non-public hearing is a cinch to be more substantive than the alternative.) Which leaves Democrats in a bind: Realistically, the only way they can lose on the politics of this fiasco is by Ford choosing not to appear.

Kavanaugh spoke with the Judiciary panel's counsel Monday and gave a "clear and consistent" account of what happened 36 years ago, said a person who wasn't authorized to be identified while describing the process.

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