by Daveda Gruber:
On Wednesday President Trump said that he would have to “make a decision” about the future of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court if the accuser Christine Blasey Ford gives “credible testimony” about her allegation.
Trump said that if Ford appears before the committee “and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we’ll have to make a decision.”
The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected President. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2018
Trump said, “If she shows up, that would be wonderful. If she doesn’t show up, that would be unfortunate.”
It is still not known if the California professor who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago will ultimately accept an invitation to testify on Capitol Hill.
A growing number of Republican senators are saying it’s time move ahead to a vote if Ford doesn’t show up for the planned hearing.
Ford says she doesn’t want to appear until after an FBI investigation takes place, something the bureau isn’t doing.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., tweeted:
After learning of the allegation, Chairman @ChuckGrassley took immediate action to ensure both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh have the opportunity to be heard, in public or private. Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) September 19, 2018
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, dismissed the calls from Democrats for the FBI to investigate the allegations before Ford testifies. Graham said those calls are “not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections.”
He also said, “It is imperative the Judiciary committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken ASAP.”
Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake had previously called for Ford to testify before voting on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. He has indicated that he’s willing to move forward if she doesn’t show.
Flake said, “I think we’ll have to move to the markup.”
Trump said that he wants the Senate to move quickly. He expressed sympathy for Kavanaugh saying he has an “unblemished record.”
The president said, “This is a very tough thing for him and his family and we want to get it over with.”
Even a spokesman for George W. Bush said the former president still stands by his support for Kavanaugh, who worked in his White House.
Bush said, “Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated. He is a fine husband, father, and friend and a man of the highest integrity. He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.’”
Ford stated late Tuesday that she demands a full investigation by the FBI before she attends any congressional hearing or “interrogation” into her accusations.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who said Ford is still invited to speak to the committee, stated that “nothing the FBI 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.”
Republicans had repeatedly invited Ford and Kavanaugh to testify next week after delaying a planned Judiciary Committee vote that had been scheduled for Thursday. Kavanaugh accepted the committee’s invitation, but Ford stayed quiet until Tuesday night.
A letter was sent by Ford’s attorneys:
2018-09-18 Blasey Ford to G… by on Scribd
Grassley, R-Iowa, has suggested the proceedings could be nixed if Ford refused to participate.
In July, Judiciary Committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein had the letter from Ford but only revealed to federal authorities just last Thursday.
Dianne Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released statements backing Ford.
Ford has alleged that she is undergoing dealing with threats against her and her family.
Grassley and other top Republicans wrote, “The FBI has indicated to the committee and in public statements that it considers the matter closed. The FBI does not make credibility determinations. The FBI provides information on a confidential basis in order for decision makers to determine an individual’s suitability. The Senate has the information it needs to follow up with witnesses and gather and assess the relevant evidence.”
I believe this allegation against Kavanaugh was a last ditch effort by Democrats; an ‘eleventh hour’ move to keep him from being confirmed before the November elections.
What say you? I’d love to hear your opinion.