‘No Room for Error’ in New Kavanaugh Hearing

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being asked privately about what past girlfriends would say about his conduct, as Republicans prepare him for an epic hearing on Monday when he will rebut charges of a drunken sexual assault during high school, reports Axios.  The question about girlfriends is designed to help Kavanaugh’s advocates show there was no pattern of conduct similar to the charge by Christine Blasey Ford, biostatistician and research psychologist in the San Francisco area who is expected to testify. A senior Republican official says, “This gives the judge the opportunity to clear his name. But there is no room for error from members on the committee. Judge Kavanaugh could nail it and she could be terrible. But here’s my fear: This all depends so much on the performances of two people … It’s the circus of it. It’s designed for TV, it’s not designed for answers. You’re just adding a huge element of the unexpected and the unpredictable.”

Kavanaugh spent nine hours at the White House on Monday calling senators and huddling with White House Counsel Don McGahn. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway set the tone for the day by saying on “Fox & Friends,”  “This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored.” President Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet about the fracas. Kavanaugh supporters seem to be most worried about Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Because Ford told the Washington Post there are many details she doesn’t remember, Republican officials don’t expect new facts corroborating her account to emerge. They expect new scrutiny of her.

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