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American Bar Association Calls for FBI Investigation Into Kavanaugh Allegations, Delay in Confirmation Votes
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49207"><span class="small">Meagan Flynn and Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Friday, 28 September 2018 08:32

Excerpt: "The American Bar Association called on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday evening to halt the confirmation vote for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying it should not move forward until an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him can be completed."

Christine Blasey Ford being sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)
Christine Blasey Ford being sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (photo: Win McNamee/Getty)


American Bar Association Calls for FBI Investigation Into Kavanaugh Allegations, Delay in Confirmation Votes

By Meagan Flynn and Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post

28 September 18

 

he American Bar Association called on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday evening to halt the confirmation vote for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying it should not move forward until an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him can be completed.

“The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI,” ABA President Robert Carlson wrote in a letter to Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif).

The letter, which is unlikely to sway Republicans, said that an appointment to the Supreme Court “is simply too important to rush to a vote. Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court,” Carlson wrote in the letter, obtained by The Washington Post.

The ABA, with 400,000 members, is the legal profession’s largest organization. Kavanaugh and his supporters have bragged about its favorable rating of the nominee, with Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) describing the imprimatur as the “gold standard.”

Also calling for an FBI probe was Harvard Law School scholar Alan Dershowitz, often lauded by President Trump for his criticisms of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. “Maybe we can get closer to the truth, although that is not certain,” Dershowitz wrote in a Fox News opinion piece. “But right now there are too many unanswered question[s] to bring the confirmation of Kavanaugh” to “a vote of the Judiciary Committee as scheduled on Friday, much less to a vote of the full Senate.” It is “possible that one of them is deliberately lying. Right now, there is no way of knowing for certain, which is why the FBI needs to talk to the judge’s accusers and others.”

During Thursday’s tumultuous hearing, in which Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, Kavanaugh referenced his good standing with the ABA multiple times as he angrily denied Ford’s allegations.

“For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament. That’s why I have well unanimous, well-qualified rating from the American Bar Association,” Kavanaugh testified.

As part of its review of Kavanaugh’s qualifications, the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary found that Kavanaugh  “enjoys an excellent reputation for integrity and is a person of outstanding character,” contributing to its unanimous “well-qualified” rating. Kavanaugh and Graham together alluded to the ABA investigation at least three times Thursday.

Democrats on the committee, meanwhile, complained bitterly about the majority’s unwillingness to have an FBI investigation and accused Republicans of rushing the confirmation.

Kavanaugh avoided answering when asked by Democrats whether he would ask for an FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations himself.

In her opening statement Thursday, Ford told of how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and covered her mouth at a summer gathering when they were teenagers. In his, Kavanaugh cast himself as a victim of a “calculated and orchestrated political hit,” fueled by “pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election.”

An outside prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell of Maricopa County, Ariz., led much of the questioning, peppering Kavanaugh with questions about his high school drinking habits and asking Ford about the lingering psychological trauma she claims Kavanaugh’s actions caused.

Mitchell, a registered Republican, stood in for the all-male GOP senators on the committee, who did not question Ford. When it was Kavanaugh’s turn, Democrats zeroed in on Kavanaugh’s high school behavior at Georgetown Prep, just outside Washington, asking him about how much beer he typically drank during parties and to describe cryptic yearbook messages, which some have surmised contain sexual innuendos.

Committee Republicans announced Thursday evening that the committee would go ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday morning, with a final confirmation vote expected Tuesday. In calling for the FBI investigation into Ford’s claims before any such vote could happen, Carlson urged the Senate to “remain an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics.”

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-2 # MikeAF48 2018-09-28 10:48
The democrats did all they could do to muster up a 11th hour hail mary and sex is all they could muster. So here we go again now we need to take the gloves off and cripple this administration.
 
 
+2 # BetaTheta 2018-09-28 11:10
Perhaps the ABA can disbar all the Senate lawyers who ignore the request and vote to confirm.
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2018-09-28 11:20
midnight k has a big "but!"

before senate judiciary committee yesterday, k testified that dems had "totally and permanently" "destroyed" his family and his good name!

then he testified he could be a fair judge " B U T ! "

k did not finish his thought, and was not asked to

we maybe noted k channeled directly into dickhead's campaign speech, replete with conspiracy theories about how dem senators, clintons (yes! k actually named "clintons"} and lefty groups spend “millions” to “take him down!”

this is the most extremely P R E J U D I C E D nominee ever proposed to scotus?

if k gets installed by the senate, humans can count on an extremely partisan scotus, losing every important battle to corporations!

that is, workers wear bulls-eyes on their backs!
just as real as the “star of david” jews once wore on their clothes?
just as real as the black and brown racial minorities wear on their faces?

k gets installed by the senate, repukes have "totally and permanently" de-legitimized scotus as an independent check and balance to repuke rule - it is simply a corporatist, conservative tool of the repuke party! nothing more!

this is NOT what democracy looks like!
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2018-09-28 11:32
"Committee Republicans announced Thursday evening that the committee would go ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday morning, with a final confirmation vote expected Tuesday. In calling for the FBI investigation into Ford’s claims before any such vote could happen, (ABA President Robert) Carlson urged the Senate to 'remain an institution that will reliably follow the law and not politics.'" - Meagan Flynn and Seung Min Kim, The Washington Post - 28 September 18

- yesterday sen. warren called on us! - you and me! - to hit the bricks!

"I hope my Republican colleagues will believe Dr. Ford like I do. But if they don’t, it will take a grassroots army – this grassroots army – to stop the Kavanaugh nomination.

"Thanks for being a part of this,

"Elizabeth"
 
 
+2 # MainStreetMentor 2018-09-28 11:33
If the ABA's call for an FBI investigation bear fruit ... AND ... the findings support the allegations from Dr. Ford (this assumes that the confirmation of Kavanaugh is a reality: What is the process for which to "undo" the confirmation based on the findings of the FBI's investigation?
 
 
+3 # librarian1984 2018-09-28 12:11
After a spate of last-minute negotiations, Sen. Jeff Flake has just said he will vote No on a floor vote confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh unless there is a one-week FBI investigation. With this understanding the committee voted and the nominee passed 11-10.

McConnell is under no obligation to wait but Flake's No vote weakens his ability to pass the nominee.

Lindsey Graham: 'Now somebody's gotta explain this to Trump. I guess that's my job.'

Trump has said he will go along with whatever the senators want to do. We'll see.

Thank you, Jeff Flake.
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2018-09-28 13:02
Lisa Murkowski, who won her last election as a write-in candidate, has said she is 'with' Jeff Flake. So has Joe Manchin.

Reports are saying none of them has explicitly said they are a No vote unless there's an investigation but I'm almost certain I heard Flake say that. Flake also said this was his idea and he approached Chris Coons with the proposal.

With this action, Flake has said he's interested in preserving the process and the institution. It has definitely brought the temperature and frustration down. After yesterday's remarkable but depressing events, this was a nice change. We saw compromise, cooperation and a respect for truth, unless this is a ruse, and that was a welcome reminder of what a functioning government looks like.

Grassley is in McConnell's office right now. Love to be a fly on the wall.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-09-28 17:15
Quoting librarian1984:
Trump has said he will go along with whatever the senators want to do.

- dickhead ordered the reopen -

when it's something he doesn't want to do, why does dickhead always say he can't do anything?

why do "we the people" always have to make ourselves clearer?

what's wrong with this picture?
 
 
0 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-09-28 18:27
Good Lord! Dershowitz, of all people wants an FBI investigation? If that doesn’t characterize the Committee’s game as a crooked farce, what does?