NEW: Committee Chairman Suggests Canceling Hearing With Kavanaugh Accuser

While United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and asked for a chance to defend his integrity, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley suggested her failure to respond to committee inquiries could cause him to cancel the hearing.

“We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours three or four times by email and we have not heard from them, and it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?” Grassley said as Fox News reports.

The committee hearing was scheduled by Grassley so the committee and the American public can hear from Kavanaugh and Ford concerning the allegation. But, when Grassley was asked if he would still hold the hearing without Ford, the chairman suggested there would be no point.

“What would be the purpose of the hearing if Dr. Ford doesn’t want to respond?” he asked.

In announcing the last-minute hearing, Grassley also said he would be delaying the preliminary confirmation vote, which was slated for later this week.

Here’s more, from Fox News:

In the case Ford accepts the invitation, Grassley said he is considering the possibility of having an independent questioner ask all the questions to Ford.

Ford, a California-based professor, revealed her identity over the weekend in a Washington Post report. She said that Kavanaugh, while in high school, pinned her down, tried to remove her bathing suit and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

The announcement of the last-minute hearing evoked memories of the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, where senators  scrambled to arrange a hearing after Thomas was confronted with sexual harassment accusations by law professor Anita Hill. Thomas denied the accusations and was narrowly confirmed.

During television appearances on Monday, Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, indicated her client was “willing to take whatever it takes to get her story forth,” and would testify before the committee under oath. But Katz has not confirmed that Ford will show up for Monday’s open hearing, which would be aired live on television.


In 1991, United States Supreme Court Clarence Thomas criticized the committee for entertaining the “dredged up dirt.” He also said the committee using the sexual harassment allegation in an attempt to derail his confirmation amounted to a “high-tech lynching.”

Thomas said:

I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America. This is a case in which this sleaze, this dirt, was searched for by staffers of members of this committee, was then leaked to the media, and this committee and this body validated it and displayed it at prime time over our entire nation. How would any member on this committee, any person in this room, or any person in this country, would like sleaze said about him or her in this fashion? Or this dirt dredged up and this gossip and these lies displayed in this manner? How would any person like it?

The Supreme Court is not worth it. No job is worth it.

And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. — U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.

Watch more of his comments from the committee below:

27 years ago. Time is a flat circle. "I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America. This is a case in which this sleaze, this dirt, was searched for by staffers of members of this committee, was then leaked to the media, and this committee and this body validated it and displayed it at prime time over our entire nation. How would any member on this committee, any person in this room, or any person in this country, would like sleaze said about him or her in this fashion? Or this dirt dredged up and this gossip and these lies displayed in this manner? How would any person like it?The Supreme Court is not worth it. No job is worth it.And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. — U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree."

Posted by Benny Arthur Johnson on Monday, September 17, 2018

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

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