Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hit an 11th hour hurdle Sunday when a woman came forward and accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.
The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California detailed in the Washington Post Sunday what she said happened over 35 years ago while at a party at an unspecificed house amongst high schoolers. Kavanaugh, she said, pinned her down to bed and attempted to remove her clothing while he was drunk. She did not disclose the event until 2012 during therapy with her husband and admitted to not remembering key details about exactly when and where this took place.
Votes to confirm Kavanaugh to the highest court in the land were slated to occur this week but that is now in question in light of this latest revelation. Already some are saying Kavanaugh should still be confirmed, while others are insisting the vote be delayed and that his accuser be listened to and heard.
Kavanaugh issued a statement Monday flatly denying the allegation, calling it “completely false.”
“I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone,” the statement read. Reports say the federal appeals court judge is willing to testify further on the matter in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Here are seven reactions to the latest developments in the Supreme Court nomination fight.
Kellyanne Conway: Accuser “should not be ignored or insulted”
White House advisor to the president Kellyanne Conway struck a measured tone about the Kavanaugh allegations Monday, saying in a Fox & Friends interview that she has spoken with President Trump about it at length and that Ford “should not be ignored or insulted.”
“Allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations, would be added to the considerable mountain of evidence and the considerations folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh,” Conway said.
The White House continues to stick by Kavanaugh.
Conway also cited the judge’s character and the support he has received from women across the political spectrum and from every phase of his life.
“He also has been lauded from women from every aspect of his life and this is significant … for a man of character and integrity to be spoken about so highly by women who maybe didn’t vote for President Trump, maybe don’t call themselves Republicans,” Conway said, referencing a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh since high school.
Later on Monday, President Donald Trump took a similar tone, saying, “If it takes a little delay it’ll take a little delay. Shouldn’t be much delay. I’m sure it will work out very well.”
Michael Gerson: Disqualifying if true
Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, who worked with Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush administration, argued that the allegations are inconsistent with Kavanaugh’s character, but the Senate should investigate the matter.
“For what it is worth, the charge of sexual assault is utterly inconsistent with everything I saw of Kavanaugh’s character and behavior toward women. He is distinguished by his unfailingly kind, considerate and respectful demeanor. To me, it is completely incredible to think of him as a sexual predator,” he wrote.
If the allegations are true, he continued, it means he lied to the Senate about it, which should disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court, but there is currently not enough evidence to condemn him.
“If Ford’s claim against Kavanaugh is true, it means he boldly lied by categorically denying it. And those he lied to — his Senate jury — would properly find this disqualifying.
“The Kavanaugh nomination now hangs by the thinnest of strings. If the accusation is supported by other credible witnesses who were at the party, or if additional, credible accusations emerge from later in Kavanaugh’s life, he should withdraw. If there is only a single, unsupported accusation, the Senate would be setting an unsustainable precedent by letting this determine the membership of the Supreme Court.”
David French: Allegations “serious but not solid”
Conservative pundit and National Review columnist David French, a frequent Trump critic, said that the allegations against Kavanaugh were “serious but not solid.”
In a Sunday article for National Review, French argued that if Ford’s claims about what Kavanaugh did were true, they are disqualifying.
“Do not count me among those who would minimize this alleged assault. I went to a high school that had more than its share of drunken parties, and my classmates could do crazy and stupid things, but an act like this was beyond the pale. This isn’t ‘boys will be boys’,” French said.
“Since Kavanaugh has denied the story, however, the question of whether the event is so egregious that it should disqualify him is moot. At the very least, if the attack happened, he should be disqualified for lying.”
Yet as it stands, the core evidence in this case is weak, he went on to say, and only time will tell.
“The news cycle is moving so fast that it seems almost absurd to speculate about the state of our knowledge even 24 hours from now, but if this is the core evidence supporting the (very serious) claim against Kavanaugh, it’s not sufficient to derail the nomination of a man with an otherwise sterling record of professional excellence and personal integrity,” he said.
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Source: Christian Post