Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has officially scheduled a vote on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination for 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday. As noted by Fox News, the hearing will come one day after both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify before the Committee. Democrats are already crying foul, and demanding another delay since a third accuser has come forward.
Grassley told the Committee that he was going to allow both Ford and Kavanaugh to tell their side of the story and answer questions from lawmakers, but smacked down the idea of delaying the hearing even longer. Voters knew the president would be able to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, and they want Kavanaugh confirmed.
In a letter to the Committee, Grassley said they “can no longer stand in the way of him presenting his testimony before the Committee.”
Two women, in just a matter of weeks, have accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate behavior in the early 1980s.
Ford alleges Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and attempted to grope her around 1982. She bizarrely said she believed he could have “inadvertently killed” her, but no witnesses corroborate the tale.
The second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in 1983.
She admitted to the New Yorker that she has “significant gaps in her memories,” could not remember specific information or the alleged person, and was “inebriated.”
Kavanaugh, who strongly denies the allegations, plans to testify on Thursday before the Committee. Ford, after listing demands, finally agreed to testify as well, but it wouldn’t surprise many if she backed out again.
But more importantly, both of the women who have accused Kavanaugh of misconduct have major holes in their stories. Many, including Democrats, say they aren’t even sure if Ford’s allegations are truthful.
And, the New Yorker admitting Ramirez was inebriated, had “significant gaps in her memories,” and only “remembered” what she alleges Kavanaugh did after meeting with a Democratic lawyer for six days, speaks volumes.
As many have argued, these smear tactics illustrate how low Democrats are willing to go to attack Kavanaugh and destroy his nomination.
Thankfully, Grassley appears to be standing the line and is not going to allow Democrats weaponizing allegations to upend the entire nomination. Both sides can be heard on Thursday, and then cast a vote on Friday.
Enough of the games, many would agree.