WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 06: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they both where in their teens, will have her story formally heard.
As the New York Time reports, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) will call Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee on Monday for public hearings related to the alleged assault.
Since the hearing will be held on Monday, that means a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination which was scheduled for Thursday will be delayed and placed on hold. The hearing will no doubt draw all eyes and ears as it plays out on the heels of the #MeToo movement which has demanded increasing accountability in the face of sexual assault and misconduct.
Meanwhile, President Vajayjay-Grabber is doing his best to defend his nominee (which is not a good look, given Trump’s background), calling Kavanaugh an “outstanding” judge, with a record that speaks for itself, while dismissing any notion of him withdrawing his nomination as “ridiculous.”
“He is somebody very special; at the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is perfect, everything is just right,” Trump said on Monday from the White House. “If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay — it shouldn’t certainly be very much.”
Ford came out with her own story over the weekend, detailing how Kavanaugh attacked her at a house party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh, has of course, routinely denied the accusations. According to the Times, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) have both said that if Ford’s allegations prove true, it would disqualify Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court.
“Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying,” Collins said. “For my part, I believe that it’s very important that both Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testify under oath about these allegations. I need to see them and listen to their answers to the questions in order to make an assessment.”
Flake, for his part, said that he is “presupposing nothing with this hearing,” but acknowledged that “If you believe the charges are true, you vote no.”