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3 Big Developments for This Week’s Kavanaugh Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving along with Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as scheduled, whether Democrats like it or not.

By NTK Staff | 09.26.2018 @10:15am
3 Big Developments for This Week’s Kavanaugh Hearing

The woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Christine Blasey Ford, is set to testify Thursday morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In the past 24 hours, three major developments occurred that are reshaping Kavanaugh’s confirmation process:

1. Late Tuesday, the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), announced that Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell will be questioning Ford and Kavanaugh.

Mitchell comes from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, where she is the chief of the Special Victims Division, which covers sex crimes and family violence.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised the selection, and said Mitchell will question Kavanaugh and Ford “in a respectful and professional way.” Meanwhile, Democrats like Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware complained that Mitchell is being used “to avoid a panel of all white guys asking tone-deaf questions.”

2. Meanwhile, the attorney for a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party at Yale, said her client would be willing to testify.

“She would be willing to testify, but we can’t even talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about what that would look like, and they certainly haven’t invited her,” attorney John Clune said on NBC’s “Today” show.

Kavanaugh has denied all allegations made against him, and reiterated in an interview on Fox News this week that he does not intend to withdraw his name from consideration.

3. It’s not clear at this time whether Ramirez will testify, particularly since the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled Kavanaugh’s committee vote for Friday.

Hoping the hearing will yield no new surprises, the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled its own vote on Kavanaugh for Friday, and Republican leaders laid plans that could keep the full Senate in session over the weekend and produce a final showdown roll call soon after — close to the Oct. 1 start of the high court’s new term.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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