Conway: Kavanaugh Accuser ‘Should Not Be Ignored,’ But Shouldn’t Delay Vote

on August 21, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Breaking with reports that the White House planned to attempt to impair the credibility of the woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school by questioning why it took her so long to come forward, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” Monday that the woman “should not be ignored.”

But her testimony before the Senate Judiciary better not “unduly delay” a confirmation vote, Conway said.

“This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored,” she told Fox. “I think the Senate is headed to a reasonable approach in that it seems to me in speaking to a few senators, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court.” 

The Senate Judiciary Committee members that I have spoken to say, ‘let that happen,'” she continued. “But, it should not unduly delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh who has given 24 or 32 hours of testimony by him or by others.”

Kavanaugh, who went through his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee two weeks ago, has been accused of sexually assaulting a women when they were in high school. The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, reportedly sent a letter about the accusations in July and Sen. Dianne Feinstein turned it over to the FBI last week. Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, gave The Washington Post an interview on Sunday outlining the allegations and her lawyer has since told CNN Monday that she would be willing to testify.

Conway seized on reports that Feinstein was introduced to the allegations against Kavanaugh in July and sat on the information until last week, blaming Democrats for violating Blasey Ford’s “chain of trust.”

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