Republican urgency to confirm Judge Kavanaugh

Republican urgency to confirm Judge Kavanaugh

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Brett Kavanaugh meets with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) ahead of his confirmation hearings, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Brett Kavanaugh meets with Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) ahead of his confirmation hearings, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

Sept. 19, 2018

Washington – After attorneys for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) saying their client would not testify before the committee on Monday if an FBI investigation had not been done first, GOP Senate leaders indicate that they will not lose momentum getting Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), says if Ford doesn’t come to testify before the committee, Monday’s hearing will likely take place anyhow. “I think so,” he says.

Grassley says, “Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. 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.” He adds that the “invitation for Monday still stands.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), affirms that “she has said before we made the decision that she wanted to appear.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tells a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, ‘Get it done!’ He reminds members that voters care about Supreme Court appointments and that there will be a big political price to pay if they fail to confirm Kavanaugh.

Doug Christian, Washington

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