White House counselor Kellyanne Conway believes that while confirmation schedule for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh should not be disrupted, the woman accusing him of sexual assault “should not be ignored.”
“This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends,” adding that Kavanaugh should also respond to the allegations.
“I think the Senate is headed to a reasonable approach in that it seems to me in speaking to a few senators, including Sen. Lindsey Graham that allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court,” Conway said.
Ford came forward in an article in The Washington Post published Sunday in which she detailed the accusations against the Supreme Court nominee stemming from an alleged incident in the 1980s. The 51-year-old California-based professor wrote about her experience in a letter to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, back in July.
But Feinstein chose not to come forward with the allegations until just before Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote scheduled for this week. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley slammed the timing and the motivation behind the revelations.
“It raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee’s attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way,” a spokesman for Grassley said Sunday.
Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied Ford’s allegations and his Georgetown Preparatory School classmate Mark Judge, who was also named in the letter, backed up the denial.
“I never saw Brett act that way,” he told The Weekly Standard.
Conway noted that Ford’s claims should be “weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of character and integrity who has been through six FBI vettings which I can tell you firsthand are significant and through.”
Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, told NBC’s “Today” show on Monday that her client would be willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“She clearly considers this an attempted rape. She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Kavanaugh, she would have been raped,” Katz told “Today.”
Conway spoke with reporters Monday asserting the same belief that Ford should be allowed to testify.
“She should not be insulted. She should not be ignored.” Kellyanne Conway says woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct should testify under oath. https://t.co/OEeVP7B0Rs pic.twitter.com/bnvHixdZ2u
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Conway explained on “Fox & Friends” that the Committee would make the final decision as to how they planned to hear from Ford, whether by phone, in person or some other format.
“I’ve spoken with the president, I’ve spoken with Sen. Graham and others,” Conway reiterated. “This woman will be heard.”
She also dismissed Democrats’ demands to delay the voting process due to the allegations.
“Let’s not fool ourselves–long before this happened there were Democrats saying they would not vote for Judge Kavanaugh or anyone President Trump nominated for the Supreme Court,” Conway said. “Let’s make very clear that these Democratic senators … were not interested in Judge Kavanaugh’s significant record, his character and integrity, as testified to by many women.”
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