September 17, 2018
The White House- Emerald Robinson, Chief White House Correspondent
In statement released by the White House early Monday, Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh unequivocally denies an accusation of sexual misconduct dating back over 35 years ago. The statement follows calls made by Democrats for Thursday’s Judicially committee vote for the nominee to be delayed.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone,” reads the statement. Kavanaugh goes on to say that “because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” –Judge Brett Kavanaugh
The identity of Kavanaugh’s accuser remained unknown until Sunday when Christine Blasey Ford identified herself as the woman who provided Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) a letter detailing an uncorroborated event that took place during a high school party in the early 1980’s. Ford, who is now a California Psychology Professor, provided the Washington Post with a full interview Sunday of what she says was a drunken attempt at sexual assault. The Post indicated they had been in contact with Ford for some time. Also, Ford sent the letter to Sen. Feinstein in early July, although the top minority on the Judiciary Committee did not reveal its existence until last week when she turned the letter over to the FBI. Feinstein and Democrats are being criticized for failing to ask Kavanaugh about the allegations during several days of hearings and written questions, instead opting for an eleventh hour surprise.
Kavanaugh was spotted entering the White House around 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday. According to sources within the White House, Kavanaugh met with White House Counsel Don McGhan to prepare for questions on the allegations by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh indicated a willingness to talk with the committee saying, “I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
The White House is standing behind Kavanaugh and pressing forward with the confirmation process with hopes of averting a delay and instilling the judge on the bench by the next session which begins on October 1. However, the ten Democrats on the committee sent a leader early Monday morning to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) again calling for a delay. However, Chairman Grassley continues to hold to the current timeline of a September 20 vote.
Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that Ford should not be insulted, but that both she and Kavanaugh should be heard. Senator Lindsay Graham also released a statement saying that Ford should talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Graham also said that could happen as early as Tuesday. However, Ford’s lawyer—#MeToo lawyer Debra Katz— suggested that Ford had yet to be asked to do so.
The White House appears to be measuring their response to the allegations. President Trump himself has yet to weigh in on Twitter. However, others outside of the White House walls question the timing and motivation of Kavanaugh’s accuser. Ford has been a Democratic donor and activist who donated to the DNC and who also signed a letter criticizing the Trump Administration’s adult/child separation policy at the Southern border. Also, Ford’s parents were defendants in a 1996 foreclose case over which Kavanaugh’s mother, Marth Kavanaugh, presided.
Democrats have made several attempts to stall the confirmation process by requesting more documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House. The announcement of the letter came shortly after Republicans released the voting schedule. Democrats are also facing criticism for the handling of the Kavanaugh accusations verses a member of their own party–Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). Karen Monahan, a former girlfriend of Ellison accused the Congressman of domestic abuse. However, Monahan tweeted Monday that the DNC does not believe and has threatened her in light of her accusations.