Allegations against Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh are "inconsistent with everything else we know about him," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday, and the federal judge is widely regarded as an "excellent husband, father, friend, coach, professor, and a judge," while his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, did not meet her burden of proof.
"It's true, yesterday, yesterday's hearing was not a trial," said Grassley, after calling for a time to be set on his vote, coming at 1:30 p.m. Friday. "But trials have rules based on common sense notions of fairness and due process, not the other way around. A person had allegations made against him in a public way, and his reputation and livelihood were at stake. It was only fair that his accuser had the burden of proof. In my opinion, this wasn't met."
Statements from three alleged eyewitnesses refute her version of the facts, Grassley, R-Iowa, also commented, meaning there is "no reason to deny Kavanaugh" based on the evidence that was reported.
"Dr. Ford wanted to be heard, and we gave her that opportunity," said Grassley. "Not one question to Dr. Ford was disrespectful in any way. She was treated with courtesy and dignity, as I promised her, but the questions my Democratic colleagues asked of judge Kavanaugh were unequivocally and universally hostile."
The Kavanaugh confirmation, he added, included 408 pages of documents from his time working for President George W. Bush, and his issuance of 307 orders as a federal judge.
"This was more pages of such documents done than the last five Supreme Court nominees combined," said Grassley. "In short, it was a thorough and transparent confirmation process."
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