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Mentally Deranged Chelsea Handler Pops Her Cork Over Kavanaugh #Kavanaugh #SupremeCourt

Failed Netflix talk show host and daily Twitter warrior Chelsea Handler jumped into the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation raucous with a Tweet apparently accusing Justice Clarence Thomas of being a “known sexual predator.”

Handler took to her Twitter account to insist that the nation does not need another “sexual predator” on the court and that Republicans “have no regard” for women.
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“One known sexual predator on the Supreme Court isn’t enough for Republicans,” Handler tweeted on Thursday. “They want two. The president bragging about sexual assault isn’t an issue for them either. They have no regard for women. No regard for their daughters or wives.”

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Handler’s attack on Kavanaugh, Thomas, and President Trump is of a piece with the left’s campaign to smear Clarence Thomas all over again. For instance, on Tuesday, ABC News’ chief political analyst Matthew Dowd also labeled Thomas a “sexual Predator,” despite the fact that the Justice was found not guilty of the sexual harassment charges he faced during his own confirmation hearings in 1991.

Indeed, the FBI took three days to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment submitted by Anita Hill and at the conclusion of that investigative review, the agency said that Hill’s charges were unfounded.

But Hill’s accusations were heard during the actual confirmation hearings, not afterward. Today, Democrats want Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations heard despite that the actual confirmation hearings are long over and despite that these sudden accusations of sexual assault were not made public for 35 years.

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Meanwhile, bandoning his previous restraint, President Donald Trump challenged the credibility of the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault on Friday, declaring that if the alleged attack was so terrible she would have reported it to law enforcement.

Trump’s change in tone — and apparent shift in tactics — came as Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers negotiated with the Senate Judiciary Committee on the terms for her possible testimony next week in a dramatic showdown over her accusation that threatens Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Trump tweeted: “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

The president previously had avoided naming Ford or plainly casting doubt on her account. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist’s prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford’s emergence last week had seemed all but certain. It has also bloomed into a broader clash over whether women alleging abuse are taken seriously by men and how both political parties address such claims with the advent of the #MeToo movement — a theme that could echo in this November’s elections for control of Congress.

With his comment, Trump went against the advice of advisers who had counseled him to stay out of the fray. But it was in keeping with his past defense of friends and other men against the claims of women.

Ford has said she didn’t tell anyone at the time about the incident, as is often the case with victims of sexual misconduct. She told The Washington Post that she told no one about the episode in detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband.

Trump’s tweet could weaken GOP support among women going into the midterm elections. It could also threaten Kavanaugh’s support with several Republicans — including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona — who have not declared their stances on his nomination. If two Republicans vote against Kavanaugh, his nomination could fail.

In another tweet, Trump, who was in Las Vegas for various events, wrote: “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.”

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Ford is willing to tell her story — but only if agreement can be reached on “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” her lawyer said Thursday. She said Ford needs time to make sure her family is secure, prepare her testimony and travel to Washington.

Attorney Debra Katz said anew that Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

Negotiations over the terms of her testimony are continuing. The discussions have revived the possibility that the panel will hold an electrifying campaign-season hearing at which both Ford and Kavanaugh can give their versions of what did or didn’t happen at a party in the 1980s.

Ford’s preference is to testify to the panel next Thursday and she doesn’t want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told the panel’s staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues, according to a Senate aide. That aide wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Kavanaugh. Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room.

Ford’s attorney said Ford would like to testify first, but that might be complicated because Kavanaugh has already agreed to Monday’s scheduled hearing.

Ford has told the panel she would prefer the committee not use outside counsel to question her because that would make it seem too much like a trial, the attorney told the panel. All of the Republicans on the panel are men, and the committee is known to be concerned about the optics of having questions from the GOP side come only from men.

Republicans are anxious to move ahead to a vote by the committee, where they hold an 11-10 majority, and then by the full Senate, which they control, 51-49.


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James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 21st, 2018

 

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