Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation back on track

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation back on track

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to become an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Judge Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to become an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

Sept. 20, 2018

Washington – Republicans are deftly shepherding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court back on track.

After Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney, Lisa Banks, surprised the Senate by sending a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) demanding an FBI investigation into Dr. Ford’s accusations of sexual abuse by Kavanaugh before she would testify, Grassley responded by issuing a statement:

“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.”

More to the point, a pivotal Republican swing vote, Senator Susan Collins from Maine, doesn’t appear to be convinced that Ford’s argument makes sense. Collins says, “I think it’s not fair for Judge Kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify. Both of them need to testify under oath next Monday before the Judiciary Committee.”

In the meantime, Republicans are being very careful to express their interest in hearing from Ford without publicly saying they are relieved she has not committed to testify Monday.

Grassley says, “We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable. The invitation for Monday still stands.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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