That the president's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, swiftly advocated listening to the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault points to the power of the #MeToo movement - and of women in politics.
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The letter drew a swift rebuke from the New Hampshire Democratic Party, which chided Silber on Twitter for "mocking and reducing sexual assault into some kind of disgusting joke".
Sixty-five women who say they have known Kavanaugh for over three decades also defended his character in the form of a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, before Ford came forward publicly.
"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward. While the idea of Democrats winning a majority of seats in the Senate still seems like a long shot, Schumer said on "The View" Monday: "I think we have a very, very, very good chance of taking back the House, but here's the real surprise: We have a much better chance of taking back the Senate than anybody ever imagined". "I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not optimistic".
It could be that Kavanaugh's memory is the one that's faulty, of course, but Ford specifically told WaPo that she doesn't remember basic details of the incident like the date or even the place where the alleged assault happened. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that".
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", he added in his statement released by the White House. Kavanaugh is expected to answer the allegations directly in conversations with lawmakers. The photo attached shows a crumpled-up piece of notebook paper with a message scribbled in crayon: "Hi Cindy will you be my girlfriend, Love Bret".
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Democrats want more than two witnesses, including Mark Judge, who Ford has said was a Kavanaugh friend present during the alleged incident.
"If she holds up in the confirmation hearings he is toast", Geragos wrote.
And he will do that in a scheduled hearing Monday, in what Democrats worry will be a replay of another he-said, she-said exercise in 1991 when Anita Hill came forward with sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
Hill, Scaramella said, was "so dismissed". We're talking about a lifetime appointment.
She also conceded that teenagers make mistakes they can move beyond.
"I don't know if pinning someone down and putting a hand over their mouth would fall into that category of mistake", Scaramella said.
But Brett Kavanaugh isn't a criminal who has done his time and simply wants to be able to support himself.
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It appears that Democrats could - one again - derail the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee thanks in part to Republicans, predicts a constitutional attorney. "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day". The US supreme court nominee's path to the bench has been stalled by accusations that he tried to rape a girl when they were both in high school; that girl, now a professor in her 50s, initially tried to tell her story anonymously, but put her name to the charges when it became clear she was going to be outed anyway.