The Oasis Reporters
September 17, 2018
Every American climbing up the ladder of the corporate or government pent suite usually does a check to ensure that a long forgotten sexual partner does not show up to rattle the ladder and make them fall with a thud.
Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Then the Achilles heel plays up.
Kavanaugh’s nomination hangs in the balance as the Senate scrambles to set the terms of a public hearing scheduled in the wake of an allegation by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, which
he has forcefully denied, claiming that he was not present at the party where the alleged assault occurred.
Donald Trump has rushed to the defense of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying he feels “terribly” for the judge as he faces a public hearing over an allegation of sexual assault from a California professor.
“I feel so badly for him. This is not a man who deserves this,” Trump said of Kavanaugh at a news conference at the White House with the Polish president, Andrzej Duda.
Trump feels “terribly” for Kavanaugh, his wife “and for his beautiful young daughters” while calling him a “truly outstanding person” with an “unblemished record”.
The timing of the hearing is politically perilous for both parties, with the November midterm election less than two months away. It will also play out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, a cultural development that has shone a spotlight on sexual harassment and toppled powerful men in government, entertainment, the media and other businesses, according to the Guardian.
What has amazed the world in Africa is that the women with that long memory ready to spill it all out are usually women of substance in the American society. Like Kavanaugh’s accuser, a California university professor, Christine Blasey Ford.
Debra Katz, Lawyer for Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault accuser spoke out in a video expressing surprise at Republican Senators who promised to fight this out. The lawyer feels that is an intimidation.
Christine Blasey Ford, 51, is a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in northern California. Speaking to the Washington Post, she described the incident it happened when she and Kavanaugh were in high school in the early 1980s.
She alleged that Kavanaugh and a friend – both “stumbling drunk” – corralled her into a bedroom at a party. Kavanaugh then pinned her on a bed, she said, groping her and placing his hand over her mouth. Ford said she was able to escape only when the friend jumped on top of them.
But as the Senate judiciary committee moved on Tuesday to prepare for the hearing, several questions remained. Chief among them: will Kavanaugh’s accuser, California university professor Christine Blasey Ford, attend?
Senator John Cornyn, the No 2 Republican in the Senate and a member of the committee, said Ford has a choice to testify in an open or closed hearing.
Ford’s lawyer, Debra Katz, said on Monday before the hearing was scheduled that her client would be willing to testify. A lawyer for Ford has not returned multiple requests for comment.
Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York added that a “sham hearing” would send a message that women “are not valued in this country”.
The allegation resembles the 1991 public testimony of Anita Hill, who accused then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
“There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better,” Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, wrote in a New York Times op-ed Tuesday. She advised the committee to “not rush the hearings” and to bring in “a neutral investigative body with experience in sexual misconduct cases.”
While Republican and Democratic senators consider all the winning and the losing sides to the arguments on sexual misconduct, their Nigerian counterparts are staring wide eyed, wondering why sexual matters are not a lot more discreet in the American open society, from the impeachment saga of President Bill Clinton over sexual matters with Monica Lewinsky to the present Kavanaugh case.
America seems to be saying, have sex today and pay heavily for it in the future. 40 years after is not too far back to exhume a sexual impropriety in America.
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