Sen. Hirono in spotlight after call for men to 'step up'

Sen. Hirono in spotlight after call for men to 'step up'

Grassley has instead scheduled a hearing for Monday for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify about the alleged incident. But she won't do it on Monday - the chairman's take-it-or-leave-it date - and she has certain conditions.

Christine Blasey Ford's offer to testify before the Senate next week - if she and Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans can agree to terms - sets up a potential showdown that could imperil what had been the nearly certain confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify. As Senator Hatch noted in 1991 when the FBI conducted an investigation into Anita Hill's allegations: "When they heard about this the first time, they immediately ordered the FBI investigation, which was the very right thing to do". Despite Republican claims that investigations into these matters are the sole responsibility of the Senate, the FBI could open a more extensive investigation. And how the public watching the proceedings react to all of it. Ford testifying injects a massive amount of fluctuation and uncertainty into the proceedings. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?" Is that the reaction of an innocent person? Just not on Monday, the day that Republicans set for the hearing.

In a separate letter to Democrats, Mr Grassley wrote that committee aides were "even willing to fly to California, or anywhere else, to meet her".

Kavanaugh and Judge have both denied Blasey's allegation.

The office of Senator Susan Collins, from ME, has also been also receiving ugly calls and emails. "Key aspects of our nation's health-care and labor laws may be at risk if Mr. Kavanaugh receives a lifetime appointment".

Third, as long as Ford's counsel want to talk about regular, independent investigations, we should note that there is not a police organization in America that would entertain her allegation, in light of the lapse of time and the long-ago exhaustion of the statute of limitations.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans on the panel, said after the call that Grassley "will consult with his colleagues on the committee".

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Overall, Peters added, she's proud of her sister-in-law for coming forward in the first place. "They have always when they come forward with an accusation of assault or rape", Mr. Garamendi said on CNN.

Female celebrities have taken the initiative in banding together to support Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s.

US Senator Dianne Feinstein's office has reportedly received threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff - some naming specific employees - following her involvement in allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to testify Monday.

"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job, " Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.

Rather, the objective of Supreme Court confirmation hearings is to allow senators to provide "advice and consent" on the president's nominees for the nation's highest court. "You have to ask yourself, why?"

Hirono spoke at an event on Capitol Hill to highlight a letter of support that was said to have been signed by more than 1,000 alumni of Ford's high school in Maryland.

U.S. Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh.

The celebrities, as well as other women in the USA, teamed up and recorded a video of support and solidarity for a woman they call their sister. The accusation of sexual abuse made by professor Christine Blasey Ford could be the catalyst Democrats need to send their voters to the traditionally lower-turnout midterms.

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