'Scorched Earth Tactics' and Death Threats: Effort to Crush Kavanaugh Nears Grand Finale
- It's a tense week in Washingtonas Judge Brett Kavanaugh
prepares to defend himselfagainst sexual misconduct
allegations in a highlyanticipated hearing on Thursday.
Capitol police arrested dozens protesting
in Senate buildingsand angry demonstrators
even harassed SenatorTed Cruz and his wife
at a DC restaurant.
- [Group] We believe survivors.
- [Abigail] Protests pickedup after an allegation
emerged from DeborahRamirez, who claims Kavanaugh
exposed himself to her in college.
Senator John Thune tells CBN News
he questions her motivesand wonders why she's only
taking her claims to committee democrats
and leaving republicans in the dark.
- To me, these are clearlyattempts and frankly,
attempts by the democratsthat I think they ought to
in many cases be ashamed of to try,
at the eleventh hour, todestroy the reputation
of an individual based upon some,
I would argue, pretty flimsy evidence.
- [Abigail] While theWhite House indicated
they're open to hearingfrom Ramirez on Thursday,
as well as Dr. Christine Ford,
Ramirez lawyer told CNNshe only wants to provide
information to the Senatethrough an investigation
from the FBI.
Some Senators questionif Ramirez should appear
before the committee.
- I can't see at this pointwhere there is any evidence
to suggest that she ought to come before.
I mean, she herself hassaid that she's trying to
search her memory to rememberexactly what happened.
- [Abigail] Republicans hired experienced
sex crimes prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell,
to question Dr. Ford andKavanaugh on Thursday.
Senator John Cornyn sayshe hopes both are treated
with respect during thehearing and he's displeased
with how the democrats havehandled the allegations.
- Dr. Ford's allegationsshould've been brought forward
earlier so they could behandled in a confidential
and a respectful sort ofway through the normal
That happens all the time.
Unfortunately, we've seenthat the norms and the rules
by which nominations are considered
have pretty much beenthrown out the window
and it's kinda scorched dirt tactics.
- [Abigail] Cornyn says heworries about the lasting effects
this nomination will haveon future judicial nominees.
- I'm hopeful that after this experience,
people could see the benefit of returning
to a more civil, dignified way
of considering the nominations.
If we wanna continueto recruit good people
to hold these very important positions,
it's important that wenot expose their families
to death threats.
- [Abigail] Democraticminority leader, Chuck Schumer,
blasted republicans forlabeling the accusations
as a smear campaign.
And again called for an FBI investigation.
- If you want the truth,
you ask for an FBIbackground investigation.
If you're afraid of the truth,
you avoid an FBI background investigation.
- Republicans are eagerto move the process along
and the full Senate couldvote on Kavanaugh's nomination
early next week.
Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.