Feinstein to GOP: Show some heart to Kavanaugh accuser

Feinstein to GOP: Show some heart to Kavanaugh accuser
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPence casts tie-breaking vote for Trump appeals court judge Time fumbles another 'Person of the Year' by excluding Kavanaugh Bottom Line MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling on colleagues to “show some heart” and wait until at least next Thursday to bring before the panel the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Feinstein criticized Republican colleagues on Friday for announcing a proposal to bring Christine Blasey Ford before the Judiciary Committee next Wednesday, even though Ford’s lawyers have already said their client cannot appear before Thursday.

“Dr. Ford is receiving death threats. She’s had her identity stolen and her email account hacked. She fled her home wither family. But Republicans want to rush her into a hearing. It’s mean-spirited and candidly shows no sympathy or empathy whatsoever,” Feinstein said in a statement. 


She argued that Republicans have no good reason not to wait another day to accommodate Ford’s request.

“It’s just an extra day, why not wait 24 hours?” she said. “Show some heart. Wait until Dr. Ford feels that she can come before the committee.” 

Feinstein noted that Republicans delayed former President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMellman: Enemies of democracy Debate over term limits for Supreme Court gains new life Roberts’ rebuke of Trump rings hollow, given justices’ conduct MORE, for nearly a year in 2016, denying him a hearing and a vote and keeping the seat open until after President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE took office.

Senate Republicans have proposed that Ford come before the committee on Wednesday and testify first, allowing Kavanaugh, whom she has accused of an attempted sexual assault 36 years ago, to respond later.

They have agreed to a request from her legal team that television coverage be limited to one camera, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Ford has also requested that Kavanaugh not be in the room when she testifies and that senators––not special outside counsel––interview the witnesses.

Republicans are discussing whether or not to bring in an independent counsel, possibly a woman, to question Ford.

There are no female GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee, and the optics of 11 male Republican senators potentially questioning Ford has drawn comparisons to the 1991 Anita Hill hearings, when all members of the Judiciary Committee were male.

A senior Senate Democratic aide on Friday slammed the GOP proposal as “disingenuous” because Ford’s lawyers has informed them that she would not be ready to testify before Thursday