Trial Attorney and #MeToo legal advocate Dan Gilleon on Kavanaugh accusation
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Plans for a dramatic, clarifying hearing featuring Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault have descended into chaos and partisan bitterness.
The confusion and bickering between Democrats and Republicans set off by Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations are casting a darkening cloud over Kavanaugh’s hopes of being swiftly confirmed and cementing a conservative majority on the court in a huge win for President Donald Trump.
Senate Democrats are demanding a delay in the hearing scheduled for Monday to allow for time for an FBI probe into the allegations which Kavanagh has categorically denied.
But Trump Tuesday rejected Democratic demands for the bureau to look at Ford’s claims that she was assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh when they were teenagers at a house party outside Washington in the 1980s. “I don’t think the FBI really should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “Judge Kavanaugh is anxious to do this. I don’t know about the other party. But Judge Kavanaugh is anxious to do it,” Trump said, sticking to his unusual show of restraint on the drama.
Meanwhile, Ford has not yet agreed to appear. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that Ford had not responded to multiple requests to do so. On Monday, her lawyer had said her client would be prepared to testify to Congress.
Democrats want a full FBI investigation into the allegations, but Republicans are keen to avoid any more delays in the nomination — which represents a vital deliverable to their voters in the midterm elections and will cement a conservative majority on the Court, possibly for a generation.
The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said that unless there was an investigation, the hearing should not go ahead. “The important thing is to get this investigated,” she said, adding that if the FBI doesn’t investigate the allegation, “I think it should be delayed.”
In the hours after Ford came forward, Kavanaugh pushed for immediate hearings so he could publicly deny the allegations, a source told CNN’s Ariane de Vogue. The judge was back at the White House on Tuesday preparing his defense after spending all day there on Monday.
In studio to break down what he believes is happening with the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is Trial Attorney and #MeToo legal advocate Dan Gilleon.