Brett Kavanaugh, POTUS, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
Kavanaugh, regarded by Trump as one of the US’ finest intellects is facing an investigation by the FBI. He has been invited by the Senate to defend himself.
Trump said he will wait as delay of his confirmation is set to be faced due to the Senate’s questioning.
According to Reuters, Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University Professor of Clinical Psychology, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were both teenagers.
In a Washington Post report on Sunday, Ford says that Kavanaugh forced himself on her while they were at a party, tried to remove her clothing, and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.
Ford had initially communicated these allegations to Rep. Anna Eshoo as well as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Kavanaugh has flatly denied the accusation, releasing a statement through the White House on Monday: “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now calling for an investigation into the allegations, though it’s still unclear what form this review will take — and whether it will actually delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Kavanaugh and Ford have both said they are willing to testify about the accusations before Congress. President Trump chimed in on Monday and indicated that he was open to hearing more on this subject and amenable to a slight delay in the process, according to a pool report.
The stakes for both sides are incredibly high. Liberals are already wary of the Supreme Court after Republicans held Antonin Scalia’s seat open for over a year — replacing President Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland with Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch. And if confirmed, Kavanaugh would be the second sitting Supreme Court justice accused of sexual misconduct.
Meanwhile, Republicans view appointing Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy as key to a long-held goal: chipping away at or outright overturning the right to abortion outlined in Roe v. Wade.
Trump stands the risk of losing Kavanaugh’s nomination after Democrats lawmakers moved to a margin of the Republicans in the house.