Ford's claims are credible. There must be an investigation before the nomination process can proceed.
Whether he did it or not is not really important. It should not affect his nomination.
Our judicial standard is that people are assumed innocent until proven guilty. This should extend to unsubstantiated claims even in a social sphere.
Given the severity of the claims, the FBI should be allowed to investigate
An FBI investigation is not warranted and would be too time-consuming. A hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee would be a more efficient way of investigating the allegations.
The incident only constitutes a violation of state law, and the incident happened more than 30 years ago. It does not fall under the federal jurisdiction. The FBI does not investigate violations of state law, only federal crimes. Attempted rape is not a federal crime. However, these are serious allegations and there should be an opportunity for both parties to present their stories. The Senate Judiciary Committee can be the jury. Grassley has added that there should be no witnesses called. “We’ve got two people involved,” he said, “and two people ought to be able to present their stories”.
At the very least, there should be other witnesses called to testify at the hearing. According to Ford, there was another individual in the room at the time of the alleged assault. This witness has been identified as Mark Judge. He should be called to testify under oath. There are other witnesses available. One of Ford’s neighbours, Rebecca White, recounted Ford telling her about the incident in 2017, long before Kavanaugh’s nomination. There are also significant ethical concerns in holding a hearing. Ford, an alleged victim of sexual abuse, will have to stand in front of 24 US Senators, on live television, and relive a highly traumatic incident, with the alleged abuser sitting at the same table. It puts the alleged victim in a highly uncomfortable situation, and reduce the investigation to little more than an exercise of “he said”, “she said”.
The FBI cannot investigate given its limited scope. The Senate Judiciary Committee can hold a hearing to investigate instead.
The FBI can reopen the background check. The White House just has to give the order.
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