Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote POSTPONED, New Hearing on Monday
Vote was scheduled for Thursday.
Jonathan Martin at The New York Times tweeted out that Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Republicans decided on a new hearing for Brett Kavanaugh on Monday.
Seung Min Kim at The Washington Post tweeted that Sen. Orrin Hatch told reporters that a public hearing with Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault will occur on Monday.
The White House has confirmed it as well. From CNN:
Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify, a source with knowledge of the schedule tells CNN.
Both have indicated they are willing to testify about the allegations.
“Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation. He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday.
It will start at 10AM ET in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
If you’ve been following our open thread on Kavanaugh, this shouldn’t shock anyone.
Sen. Susan Collins, a swing Republican senator and one who has received threats from leftist activists, voiced her desire to have a hearing with both Kavanaugh and Ford:
“I want to have both individuals come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath,” Collins said to reporters Monday on Capitol Hill. She said there are still a lot of questions, and “we need to know what happened.”
“Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened that would be disqualifying,” Collins said, but she added that she had spoken to Kavanaugh on the phone Friday and he had emphatically denied the allegations.
Republican Sens. Bob Corker, Roy Blunt, and Jeff Flake, who is a member of the committee, had asked the party to delay the confirmation vote to hear from both sides.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. From The Wall Street Journal:
Judge Kavanaugh has strongly denied Mrs. Ford’s accusation, and in his first public statement since a Washington Post report identified California Mrs. Ford as the accuser, he said Monday it “is a completely false allegation.”
He added: “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.” He said he didn’t know who was making the accusation “until she identified herself yesterday.”
Judge Kavanaugh visited the White House Monday morning as reports of the allegations dominated news coverage.
Earlier today, Ford’s lawyer told CNN that her client was willing to testify:
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I wouldn’t have granted a a second hearing. It is what it is.
Do you suppose keeping this at the front of the news for another week has advantages?
Gives time for the FISA documents to get unclassified.
That should put more pressure on the Dem Senators.
GOP establishment can not allow this to stop their plan to get rid of Trump. They stink.
I’m sure a lot of people felt that way, but everyone agreed to extend it because everyone knew the timing of the story was to make it a midterm election issue if something like that happened. So they’re playing their game of optics.
Have both of them testify at the same time. Ford gets a question and she replies. Then, Kav responds with a follow-up response by Ford. Then, Kav gets a question and he replies. Ford responds with a follow-up response by Kav. And, so forth, until it becomes plain to see …
STOP REWARDING THIS BULLSHIT BEHAVIOR YOU RINO HACKS
This is why they pull crap like this – BECAUSE IT WORKS
The RINO Flake did this, but Collins wanted to hear both sides too. Kavanaugh seemed eager to defend himself, and once Trump agreed that was all there was to it.
Can’t argue with the guy making the nomination.
I would have scheduled the hearing for Thursday, before the scheduled vote. There is no way that this will reach the truth. She allegedly has a “recovered memory” and firmly believes her details (though she’s pretty fuzzy on what year, what home, who was there, but she knows in which county in MD the party was held). Kavanaugh is equally sure the alleged even never happened. Mark Judge, the only other witness apparently will not be testifying, no sense in letting it become a “she said – they said” when it can be a “she said – he said” to make it fair.
Even if what she said is true, then she is guilty of rape because she said the boys were drunk. At least that is the way it would be if the sexes were reversed.
How does she innocently get “trapped” in a bedroom with a couple of drunk boys? Did the other people see her being pulled into the bedroom.
Who was responsible for bringing alcoholic beverages to a HS party?
What do you mean by “hearing both sides” to this?
Ford will wax poetic for hours about the angst and agony of living with this terrible assault on her personage for the last thirty-five years, making her life a living hell, etc…
Then Kavanaugh will say “It didn’t happen. I’ve never been in that situation.” His part will take about a minute. The Dems will howl and shriek about how he’s such a cruel person, torturing this poor girl, etc…
Every day in every way, I’m more happy than ever that we have President Not-Hillary. Having these slimy lizards in charge turns my stomach.
But, eventually, at some point in the future, given the inevitable ebb and flow of the political cycle, the Dumb-o-crats will regain power, both at the Executive level, and, in Congress.
It’s a terrifying prospect. Because, if the Dumbs evince unabashed totalitarian thuggery and the politics of personal destruction when they are out of power, what are the limits to their behavior when they are empowered?
I wouldn’t have either. This shows that you can affect the process with drummed up nonsense and caves to the loonies.
Let’s see…..so we can delay the vote, have the hearing, and just as the hearing ends, another woman will come out of the woodwork alleging similar (but not the same) behavior. More delays will be called for. Republican Senators will be asked by a lap dog media if they are concerned about this “pattern of behavior”. Rinse and repeat so they can peel off one or two Republican Senators, since that’s the ultimate goal and they aren’t evil enough yet to resort to assasinations.
Kav seems like a real nice guy, but it’s about time for him to really call these people out. They are disgusting liars who will stop at nothing to jam this up.
Answer: Yes, I’m very concerned about the pattern of behavior we’re seeing here…from the Democrats.
This delay is just STUPID!
Why do you think that Republicans are known as the “Stupid Party”?
I’d assume the delay happened because it’s apparent the votes just are not there. Yes, it’s outrageous that anyone would give an evidence-less accusation more than a few seconds’ consideration, but, “advice and consent” still means that Votes Talk, and BS Walks.
It was a mistake to delay the vote. Bork got a floor vote when the Judiciary Committee voted him down. Thomas never had a JC vote.
It is a mere formality.
They should have had the vote and scheduled the hearing for afterwards.
If Flake wants to abstain fine.
I watched the Collins statement. She said that she wanted both to make statements under oath. She indic ated that she would be fine with written transcripts.
What difference does “under oath” make when Jeff Sssions is still AG?
The most interesting thing. Everyone supposes this gives Red state Dems ie Manchin, McCasKill etc … cover. I think just the opposite. I think they are shitting themselves silly at this point. Trump supporters think Kavanaugh got a raw deal. If they vote against him those voters are going to vote against them. That rock just turned added 1000 tons and the hard place turned to diamond.
Thor is denied his day, so that we may appease the Moon god.
So they both will go and testify the other is lying. Then what? With the time that has gone by it isn’t going to be proven, unless there is something that will burn her.
So what will any of this do other than serving the purposes of the National Socialists delay tactics?
Such a hearing would be total farce, as you observe. But, the Dumbs simply don’t care. The primary motive is to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination, entirely. Both because Kavanaugh is tied to Trump-Satan, and, because Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy and temperament represent a threat to the Dumb-o-crats’ halcyon vision of what they believe the SCOTUS should be — a super-legislature of Left-leaning, life-tenured judges wholly content to reflexively rubber-stamp the Dumb-o-crats’ sociopolitical agenda whenever the Dumbs’ legislators fail to enact their desired agenda at the legislative level (for whatever reason).
The second motive is about slandering and permanently de-legitimizing Kavanaugh, such that if he eventually ascends to the SCOTUS, any opinions that he joins or authors will allegedly be tainted by the permanent shadow of illegitimacy, hovering over him from his confirmation battle.
Thomas on Raich was rather good for what is currently a lefty cause. Mostly.
There are a few Republicans who get it though. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is one.
And a couple of others.
And on cannabis would you believe that Sen “Indian” Warren and Sen Gardner (R-CO) have introduced a bill? With Trump’s approval.
Re the cannabis, the feds have to do something. Either regulate it on the federal level or let the states decide. I would prefer it on the federal level so employers are protected from being punished for firing drug users. End the medical marijuana scam as well.
I live in Missouri. My vote for McCaskill is totally connected to her vote on Kavanaugh, and I have let her campaign staffers know this when asked me to support the Senator. I am furious over this setup job, and over the RINOs that are caving. Flake really deserves all the contempt we can give him, as does Feinstein.
Why would you vote for McCaskill, even if she did vote for Kavanaugh?
When did the President become a RINO?
Once Flake caved, the President became irrelevant.
About six years ago, more or less. Before that he was a Democrat, both in name and substance.
So, the Dumb-o-crats’ obstructionist chicanery and rank slander have accomplished their purpose; at least, temporarily so.
Kavanaugh’s personal and professional lives, by all accounts led utterly beyond reproach, will now be tarnished, however this plays out. The Dumbs’ behavior throughout this multi-decade saga, going back to Bork in 1987, through Thomas in 1991, and, now, continuing with Kavanaugh, is contemptible and disheartening.
Sotomayor and Kagan sailed through confirmation without any attempt by the GOP at slander or obstruction. Sotomayor’s major error — her self-congratulatory and inappropriate “wise Latina” remark — was totally self-inflicted.
I think the GOP had best think long and hard about the need to take off the kid gloves when it comes to Dumb-o-crat judicial nominees. Because, it’s becoming clear that, as unfortunate as it may be from standpoints of comity and decorum, the Dumbs have no qualms about fighting dirty, and, without reciprocating tactics, the GOP is at a distinct tactical disadvantage. It may be time to get our hands dirty.
The Republicans have been at a distinct tactical advantage as they time and again play “nice guy” and finish last.
“It may be time to get our hands dirty.” More than dirty, probably bloody.
If we’re lucky, the extra hearings can be used to beat the Democrats unconscious. That would dis-incentivize further abuses.
I’ve stuck with Jeff Flake until now, supporting him even when others dismissed him as a RINO, because I remember his good work in the House and have generally agreed with his positions. But now he’s gone too far, and I owe an apology to anyone I went up against in defending him; it’s now apparent to me that his (mostly justified) opposition to Trump has seriously compromised his judgment, and he’s willing to harm the conservative cause to which he devoted his careeer, just in order to get at Trump.
Non of us can be right all of the time.
But I come really, really close to being right all the time. Just check with my customer service office at 888-xxx-cccc and they have all the reports.
And no need to apologise. The admission of fault is enough. We are living in an era when even the FBI has been revealed as corrupt. They certainly had me fooled, so how can I judge you re Flake?
You might want to read this about Sen. Flake: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/nevertrumper-jeff-flake-foreign-lobbyist-working-uranium-firm-ties-iran/
Something about President Donald J. Trump got Jeff Flake’s nose out of joint, or maybe it wasn’t Trump.
In any case, Flake’s of no value now.
Sorry, Gateway Pundit is not a credible source. If something is worth reading it must have appeared somewhere else; if Hoft is the only source for a story then it’s garbage. So there’s never any reason ever to look at his site.
If you have a reasoned response, give it. Attacking the source like David Brock is shameful.
If the source were David Brock, would you bother reading it? Is there anything with his byline on it that could be worth reading? Of course not. When he writes something it is just as likely to be false as true, so you are no wiser after having read it than you were before. The same is true for Jim Hoft.
I was busy meeting with family, blissfully removed from the internet for several hours. I return to find that the Democrats’ vigorous effort to prevent the accuser’s testimony has not been completely successful. Interesting.
Flake is a disgusting pig.
All this – the heckling, the character assassination, the lies about birth control, the false accusations of attempted rape – was done on the altar of abortion.
After Kavanaugh, after Ginsburg is replaced, maybe it really is time to dispense with this monstrosity.
We have tolerated the murder of millions. We enabled it. And so, we helped build this altar.
There should be a consequence for their actions, we should redouble our efforts to tear it down.
Indeed. Unfortunately I’m worried that Kavanaugh really does believe that Casey is the “precedent on precedent”, and ought to be upheld no matter how wrong it is.
I’m specifically worried by his approving reference to Rehnquist’s opinion in Dickerson v US. That was an outrageous decision, and I recommend to everyone Scalia’s brilliant dissent, in which he basically said the majority has exceeded its powers, therefore this is not a valid decision of the supreme court and is not binding on lower court judges, who ought to ignore it (my words, not his, but that’s my understanding of what he meant).
What made this decision different from all the other bad decisions the court has made over the years is that Rehnquist openly admitted that the Miranda rule is not required by the constitution, but instead it’s a “constitutional rule”, which Congress can’t override even though it’s not even implied by the actual constitution. As Scalia pointed out, there is no such thing. Either something is in the constitution (whether expressly or by implication) or it is not. If it is, even if it’s hiding in some penumbra, then Congress can’t override it; if it’s not then it can. There is no intermediate category. Rehnquist invented it for the purpose of this decision. And to the best of my knowledge, in the 18 years since then no further rules have been added to this category.
I wish Senator Grassley would have the integrity (and guts) to start the hearing stating,
“We are having to spend additional time and money on a hearing that is over things that should have been covered during the first round of hearings. Senator Feinstein KNEW about this allegation two months ago, she had private meetings with Justice Kavanaugh, and then waited until the last minute to bring it up. This is dishonest, unethical and shows a complete lack of integrity. Because of this I am filing a formal complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee.”
I would get on the horn and chat with Jordon Peterson or someone like him to get his insight into Ford’s personality and potential hang ups. Again, this is NOT a diagnosis but a personality assessment just to put things in focus. She confides with friends now but not back when the alleged incident happened.
Gosh, I’m just starting to remember… this chick named Ford was sitting at an adjacent table at some restaurant between 2012 and 2018 and talking loudly about how she was going to falsely accuse a GOP nominee of attempted rape.
I should notify my Senator.
Apparently Judge Kavanaugh has lawyered up. And, with a powerful woman lawyer, to boot.
I hope he goes in and makes it crystal clear this woman is lying, and that his lawyer gives him the go-ahead to sue her for defamation of character afterward, regardless of the outcome.
It is disgusting that the RINOs gave into this idiocy, this complete farce, this lunacy. They should have MOVED UP the vote, or waived it altogether and gone straight to the floor vote.
Kavanaugh was, as I recall, one of the LEAST conservative, LEAST controversial of the possible nominees. Anyone else that Trump picks will be crucified by these evil cretans.
And the latest from Fox is that Ford may not even show up.
OK by me.
She will have been offered the chance to testify UNDER OATH and declined. Let Kavanugh quietly and calmly thunder his complete denial and if any Republicans want to ask questions, let them. After he’s done, let Grassley bang the gavel, and call for an immediate vote out of committee.
If the Democrats boycott, too bad for them. Like the Russians boycotting the UN Security Council vote on the use of force in Korea, let them, Ford included, eat their boycott.
I need to confess. I never agreed with Dianne Feinstein on much policy, but I always admired how she carried herself. Very measured. Level headed. Not a hot head or a showboat. In fact, when Democrats were infected with collusion fever, I was keeping a close eye on what she said. I figured if she ever said anything concerning, there was something there.
Now I have no reason to respect or admire her anymore. She sat on this letter for six weeks. Then unloads it in the eleventh hour to try to ruin a man’s reputation and career.
She’s a piece of shit. She’s in the right party.
Not a hot head or a showboat.
Well, except for all those times she’d wave an AK around during her press conferences while decrying the evils of the Bill of Rights.
This is bullshit. The burden of proof is on Ford. She has zero evidence. She’s not sure what year it was, she doesn’t know whose house it was, she doesn’t remember who invited her, she doesn’t know how she got there or how she got home, she doesn’t know who else was even there. How on earth can this be treated as an even semi-credible accusation? There isn’t even enough evidence for a criminal investigation.
“No reasonable prosecutor would bring charges”….based on Ford’s accusation
I tell you. They should call in her brother and find out if Baker & Hostetler (the law firm behind the fake dossier) and question him to see if he had anything to do with this.
This should be use to expose the whole line of things. As for the foreclosure thing, it is being blow way out of proportion.
I have my doubt anything ever happened and she is one liberal mental case that her brother and the whole Clinton Baker & Hostetler group is using.
They should be calling in all 65 women and Baker & Hostetler, Lawfare and Fusion GPS. Pull all the stops out and ask questions about contacts with Senators. Also ask the media in about the pow-wow with Chucky and expose the whole process. Lets stop playing games and rip the covers off this mess.
What? No, it wasn’t.
And now we start to find out about the players.
As for how much Democrats care about real assaults, with medical evidence ….
“No, they don’t,” Monahan tweeted in response to a question whether the party believes women’s stories. “I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party. I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”