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John Cornyn Calls for U.S. Senate to Treat Both Kavanaugh, Accuser Fairly

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, called Monday for “bipartisan participation” in addressing sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh that have thrown the prospects of his pending confirmation vote into chaos.

At issue is an allegation from a California professor, Christine Blasey Ford, who wrote a letter over the summer accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were Washington-area high school students. Over the weekend, Ford came forward publicly in an interview with the Washington Post.

“The Judiciary Committee should treat this with the seriousness it deserves, in a way that is fair to both the individual making the accusation and the judge himself,” Cornyn said in a statement. “We can do that through regular order and with bipartisan participation in a spirit of collaboration and concern for all involved.”

Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee which oversees judicial nominations, praised how the committee’s chairman, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, was handling the issue: “I applaud Chairman Grassley for immediately initiating the committee process for situations like this, which respects confidentiality.”

Grassley has called for the committee to follow “standard procedure,” which he indicated involved “follow-up calls with relevant parties.” Grassley previously stated that he had reached out to his Democratic counterpart on the committee, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, to schedule those calls, and that she declined.

Cornyn further sharply criticized Senate Democrats over the situation.

“That Democrats have so egregiously mishandled this up until now is no excuse for us to do the same,” he added. “If Democrats reject the committee handling this swiftly and in a bipartisan way through regular order, then it’s clear that their only intention is to smear Judge Kavanaugh and derail his nomination.”

On July 30, Ford wrote a letter to Feinstein accusing Kavanaugh of the assault. The senator then referred the document to the FBI. Feinstein’s role in this controversy extends beyond serving as the top Democrat at the center of this controversy: Ford is a California constituent.

The point of criticism from Cornyn and other Republicans is that Feinstein became aware of the allegations two months ago but did not raise the matter publicly until last week.

Feinstein released a statement last week saying she did not press the matter in the context of the nomination fight in order to maintain Ford’s request for confidentiality. The existence of the letter leaked anyway, throwing Kavanaugh’s confirmation into doubt.

Republicans fiercely criticized Feinstein for not coming forward with the allegation sooner and charged Democrats with arranging for Ford to level her charges at a time for maximum impact.

The other senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

Author: ABBY LIVINGSTON – The Texas Tribune

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  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    I never could believe that John Cornyn had it in him! maybe he read one of my blogs. Where I had mentioned that perhaps one of the San Antonio, Castro Brothers should run for his senate seat in 2020.
    Either Julian or Joaquin are both very qualified and fit to run for the United States Senate and could probably beat him. I saw John Cornyn how he got all POKER FACE! during the senate confirmation hearings on Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Senator Cory Booker took him to the task, and the old age senator couldn’t rebuttal senator Booker.Cornyn might faint, might have a heart attack but term limits is more than long over due. Also time to make the popular vote be the outcome of the winner of the presidential elections. Abolish the electoral college is a must.
    So with this being said, lets hear what Christine B. Ford has to say under oath about Brett Kavanaugh.
    Better Yet! IMPEACH KAVANAUGH so he can no longer be of any threat to our democracy,freedom and the right to choose.

    • No one pays attention to your psychotic ramblings, Alberto.

      • #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

        Obviously I got your attention White Nationalist Supremacist, MAD MIKE! one disgruntled private that the United States Army brought to El Paso. As the Army is not bringing some of it’s best people to the sun city.
        And this guy don’t even have PTSD!
        He’s just Mad as HELL! since jobs in El Paso Pay him minimum wage salary!
        GOSH! I wish I could help him….NOT!

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