Orrin Hatch said he believes Brett Kavanaugh, calls accuser 'mistaken'

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  • robin138 springfield, VA
    Sept. 22, 2018 9:36 a.m.

    First, Senator Hatch admits he does not know about what happened. Second, the Republican Party was willing to allow a Supreme Court vacancy to remain empty for the last year of President Obama's term as POTUS. And third, if Dr Ford brought this up in couples therapy in 2012, then I believe that her willingness to speak of the assault ought to include willingness to have the therapist release his/her session notes regarding the incident. If she did bring it up in 2012, then it is patently clear she did not just invent this to throw a monkey wrench into the current process.

  • P5Proud Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 22, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    My Angry Trump Voter Subtext: “As with al reported and actual cases of sexual assault, we must vigilantly continue to ask ourselves,
    What steps did she take to put herself in this position?
    Was she wearing the kind of clothing that basically said, “I’m looking for a good time?” Please don’t try to tell me this doesn’t happen at HS parties.
    Did she invite this situation only to say no later, in a teasing sort of way?
    Is she now seeking retribution because the male rejected her?
    I don’t know this woman or Judge K. But I tend to believe that in situations like these, it’s best to believe the man. I think that our President probably has a lot of faith in Brett and understands that accusers will come out of the woodworks when handsome, larger than life and powerful men like he and Judge K are in charge. For all we know, Dr. Ford is doing this because she still has a crush on Brett or still feels shunned, much as Stormy is doing with Don. Also—Benghazi.”

  • 2close2call Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 22, 2018 7:51 a.m.

    Look, everyone democrats and republicans want those that commit sexual assault to be prosecuted to the highest extent possible, but you have to at least have some evidence that it actually happened. So far there has been none shown whatsoever. What is that evidence in Kavanaugh's accusation?

    Weinstein, Cosby, and even Joseph Bishop's accuser, all have some form of corroborating evidence.

  • Jonjacobjinglehimersmith Moab, UT
    Sept. 22, 2018 7:29 a.m.

    I believed Anita Hill and I believe Doctor Ford. It is unfortunate that these men (Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh) are willing to sacrifice their integrity to gain a seat on the Supreme Court. Both should have passed on the nomination and allowed another qualified individual to seek confirmation. Hatch's comments are ridiculous. He should have left the Senate years ago.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    Sept. 21, 2018 10:52 a.m.

    Mistaken?
    You might be mistaken as to whether you had pepperoni or mushrooms on your pizza last Saturday night, but not mistaken over a traumatic assault when you were, let's not forget, only 15 years old.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Sept. 20, 2018 8:51 a.m.

    @RiDal;

    I don't know what planet you're living on, but on this one Sexual Assualt IS a crime. Even if the assault didn't end in an accomplished rape. And on my planet, 17 year olds are perfectly aware that rape/attempted rape IS also a crime.

    From the comments and the responses of high ranking GOP officials; I expect that he could be found to be a serial killer and they'd excuse it so long as they could pursue the furtherance of their agenda to put the USA back into the stone ages.

  • Quiet man , 00
    Sept. 20, 2018 1:26 a.m.

    It is an interesting problem; usually, you do not have support of events from so long ago, due to lost parties who might support such claims, but Ms. Ford, though very late went through a credible process before the story was placed in the evening news? Frankly, as a simple legal educator, and attorney, I think there are better candidates? Garland Merrick, though, though not considered with a vote, his opinions are well written, and Mr. Hatch's golden person, often supports the majority opinion, but his logistical analysis, and thorough understanding of certain aspects of the Constitution are very weak? He was turned down initially for his current position, and probably should be pulled, for a better scholar, of which there are so many available. I think Mr. Hatch is playing his political card a bit too much of late. It is so sad that much of this process is made political, when in reality, no one cares what political party you belong too, when just law and facts are being evaluated; the best people, and legal minds should be our first priority. Thanks for reading my simple thoughts.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 8:53 a.m.

    Shades of Anita Hill. Last minute accusations. Nothing of substance or merit.

    Have the vote.

  • praxis Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 7:22 a.m.

    @oldbasketball
    The vast majority of sexual abuse victims delay disclosing what happened. "It's one of the most common features of child sex abuse," said Anne Meltzer, a psychologist. Most victims of child sexual abuse fear they won't be believed or that their family may be angry. There's often a very intense feeling of shame, guilt and humiliation. Teenagers often feel like "damaged goods."

    I was sexually abused by a school counselor – a married father of two daughters. I went to my Bishop who’s response was, “Why would a married man touch you? If he did, you must’ve done something.” Yep – blame the victim. After that experience, I learned to hide the pain, the hurt, and even the shame that I felt.

    At the 2016 Academy Awards, Lady Gaga performed, “Til It Happens To You” surrounded by dozens of victims of sexual abuse – both men and women. I wasn't alone – I couldn’t stop the tears. After that, I publicly acknowledged my abuse – yes, 38 years after it happened! You discount the SURVIVORS of sexual abuse and say those hurtful words, “Why didn’t you report it, why did you wait so long?” You haven’t lived through it and you’ll never know the pain and anguish, “Til It Happens To You.”

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 5:25 a.m.

    Mr. Hatch:

    How dare you make such presumptive statements. The old white man club is closing, giving glib statements that ultimately discredit a woman and her credibility is no longer acceptable; from a politician, an entertainer, a business man or a religious leader

    Sincerely,
    A male Utah citizen and voter.....

  • NotSoNaive Lehi, UT
    Sept. 19, 2018 2:51 a.m.

    This is another reason I would never vote for a democrat.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:59 p.m.

    @Lighton
    "The simple existence of another Professor Christine Ford does not mean the reviews were not about the Christine Ford in this story. "

    They were ratemyprofessor reviews of a professor at a different university. It's really really easy to tell the difference. Easily factchecked.

  • New to Utah Provo, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 7:26 p.m.

    Senator Hatch has been reasonable and appropriate in suggesting accuser made a mistaken identity. Senator Lee and the rest of the Utah delegation has also been circumspect and reasonable. The women who accused Kavanaugh had submitted this accusation months ago and Sen Feinstein and other Democrats could have aired it earlier. If there is no evidence it would appear to a reasonable person to be a last minute smear job. If there is evidence the judiciary needs to act.

  • CH Cougar PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 5:40 p.m.

    @dmcvey:
    "I don't think so. The Republican tantrum over Merrick Garland didn't do the Democrats any good."
    Ummmm I am pretty sure that was also a Democrat tantrum.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    @TheJester - American Fork, UT

    "@Copybook Headings"

    Just what "precedent" did Biden and Schumer engage in? Never did either of those gentlemen put a halt to a Supreme Court nomination. Not once. …"

    Because the opportunity to block during an election year never arose when Democrats held the Senate?

    Are you saying that whenever Democrats give a speech to Congress just throw it out the window because they don't mean what they say?

    That actually sounds about right to me. Like "if you like your healthcare plan you can keep your healthcare plan. Period!". Or how about "I did not have sexual relations with that woman; Ms. Lewinski"? Funny that. How the same people who say this woman deserves to be heard had no problem calling Juanita Broderick 'trailer park trash'.

    Democrats not only think they can write and change the rules while the game is in progress. They think that only the other side has to obey them too. They're going to lose big in November because of this blatant infantile hypocrisy.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 3:00 p.m.

    We should treat these accusations exactly as we would treat any other serious allegations,
    ....from 35 years ago
    ....between teenagers
    ...where no actual crime was involved
    ....and there is no evidence
    ....and only one, admittedly intoxicated accuser
    ....and eyewitnesses directly contradict the accusation
    ....an accusation made by a known political operative with a history of political activism.

    Exactly the same!

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 18, 2018 2:51 p.m.

    @ Yuge Opportunity Here

    I don't think so. The Republican tantrum over Merrick Garland didn't do the Democrats any good.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 1:40 p.m.

    This is a boon to the GOP ahead of the midterm elections.

    The voter can clearly see the entire Kavanaugh process as a progressive tantrum that can be avoided in the future by voting out democrats and rejecting candidates who are rabid liberals.

    At the heart of it is that the democrats are in lockstep in opposition of Kavanaugh without cause. It is fine that Booker and Harris make irrational demands of the SCOTUS candidate, but where are the OTHER democrats with a more centrist approach? They are silent.

    Schumer and Durbin are just as vocal against Kavanaugh.

    The voter rightly supposes that the whole party has gone nuts. Suddenly, the GOP candidate for their House district is looking pretty good. At least she's not a Code Pink warrior.

    These extreme displays and late hits are actually good news for the GOP...as are revelations about media coverage and Google as being biased in favor of the left.

  • Lighton PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 1:26 p.m.

    @Frozen Fractals:
    "I assume you got that from the Drudge Report story that passed along reviews from students of an entirely different Christine Ford?"
    Based on the rich, rich history of left wing rags reporting first and getting details later, the jury is still out on this one for me. The simple existence of another Professor Christine Ford does not mean the reviews were not about the Christine Ford in this story. You will probably get the standard non-retraction from the Left Wing rag (or the 100+ that followed suit) after they find out that what THEY reported was false (predictably will be rated half true by the "unbiased" fact checkers).
    ....And yes then I will get the truth about the reviews on Christine Ford from Drudge, Fox News, or another outlet that cares about truth and not about the narrative.

  • bemorefair MH, 00
    Sept. 18, 2018 1:04 p.m.

    Registered democrat from San Francisco area who actually makes campaign contributions to Democrats wants to take down high-ranking judge who democrats fear will eventually overturn Roe v. Wade by making accusation which can never be verified or refuted.

    I want to believe her story, but it screams smear job for a man who clearly has no history of such actions. I think at worst he may have copped a feel, but he was too drunk to remember it.

    My prediction is they will both claim they are telling the truth, (but it is actually the truth according to their own version of it), they will both claim their version is correct, and the Republicans will be satisfied with Kavanaugh's answers and the democrats will try to say Ford is a "highly credible" witness, and eventually they will have be forced into a vote and Kavanaugh will be appointed to the Supreme Court.

    How can anything else actually come of this without extremely incriminating evidence?

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:58 p.m.

    @Harrison Bergeron
    [We should also hear from Ford's students who have said things like:

    "Christine ford is the worst educator I have ever experienced. Avoid taking her class and avoid any interaction with this person. I feel like she has something wrong with her and I am surprised no one has caught this.']

    I assume you got that from the Drudge Report story that passed along reviews from students of an entirely different Christine Ford?

  • Dennis McCrea Panhandle, TX
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:48 p.m.

    I am bothered by the fact that I (along with several others in this comment section) have to take the time to post corrections to the false narratives being shared both in this article and amongst the commenters. Isn't this the work of a responsible, non-biased newspaper reporter and her editors?

    #1: In the article, the following quote appears in the 10th paragraph: “Hatch said in his statement he's "deeply disappointed by the way Senate Democrats have so grossly mishandled these accusations thus far. It seems in bad faith to hold this information from Republicans and from the FBI" for more than a month.” Later in the 29th paragraph Rep. Love expressed similar thoughts.

    The sentiments of these 2 statements was parroted by several opinion writers associated with this article. Honest and fair journalism should push back, reporting wise, on these 2 misleading statements by these 2 Utah elected officials.

    Example #2: at last count, 3 opinion writers to this piece have shared the false narrative associated with several now debunked viral reports/videos confusing the professor accusing Kavanaugh with another unrelated California professor.

    Pushback please?

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:32 p.m.

    Those that claim 37 years is enough to forget about the issue miss a very important point. Kavanaugh is claiming "today" that he never did anything to the lady 37 years ago. He is not claiming amnesia.If he is lying "today" he should not be on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:12 p.m.

    @ Neanderthal

    It's tough for men not to assault women? Really?

  • redfeather Palo Alto, CA
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:12 p.m.

    It’s quite obvious that this is nothing but a desperate, last minute smear attempt by the Democrats.

    Why else would the “victim” wait 35 years to report the incident, and why else would Diane F wait SIX WEEKS to report it?

    There’s absolutely NO EVIDENCE to corroborate the “victim’s” made up story.

  • Take 5 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:02 p.m.

    My theory:
    The GOP know they are in a no win situation, so the Donald has decided to throw Kavanaugh under the bus. By telling the GOP Committee members to vote against Kavanaugh, it will then be easier for the GOP to just find another right wing judge to nominate. Then they do not have to justify their decision to women voters over the next few election years and possibly lose the women vote this November.
    It will be interesting to watch their body language on Monday as to who is telling the truth. Kavanaugh will have to answer directly and not be able to “filibuster” his way through a hearing like he did two weeks ago. As they say, “ it’s not what a person says, it’s what they DON,T say.”
    Also, I find it interesting that Kavanaugh hired an attorney for these allegations. Why do you need an attorneys? My parents always told me, “just tell the truth.”

  • Anti Bush-Obama , 00
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    Sexual conduct accusers have no credibility. They come out in every election. This lady also erased her accounts on social media which proves she is an actress or else she wouldn't have anything to hide. And why wait until now? Why not when this happened?

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    Accusing someone of groping you 37 years ago is ridiculous. Someone who waits that long to speak up about anything is not credible.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:29 a.m.

    Frankly, I think we should ramrod this Kavanaugh man through with great force and great power. This is all about abortion. This is all about men denying women the right to make decisions and take control of their own bodies.

    Depriving those men of something they've obsessed about for years seems mean-spirited.

  • Neanderthal Springville, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:05 a.m.

    It's tough for a normal, red-blooded males to ignore females sexual invitations displayed in dress, and come-on conduct. Sometimes males get carried away and go too far. So, who's to blame? The male? The female? Let's let them both off the hook and put the blame on Mother Nature whose job it is to assure the human race continues to propagate.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:05 a.m.

    The whole thing about "timing" is just not really an issue. No matter when this was presented people would complain about the timing. The fact is, this candidate was rushed through without proper vetting because Republicans want him approved before the midterm elections.

  • NewsFlash Kearns, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:01 a.m.

    marxist,
    They can still do an investigation without revealing her name.... It happens all the time.

  • NewsFlash Kearns, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 11:00 a.m.

    Rip 3 - @newsflash ;;you seemed to have your mind made up that this a Democrat trick - like keeping Judge Garland from having a hearing for over a year ( forgot that was a Republican trick!

    I actually on record saying the GOP should have put Garland through the process. So I am not sure what your point is?????

    "You speak as if this delay in reporting sexual abuse is a “women” thing" - Um this story is about a woman bringing allegation on a SCOTUS nominee.. so Yes, I am reporting it as a woman thing because it concerns woman on this issue at this time. I also know, Sexual abuse is done to females far more times than to males.

    I said in my point - If this woman is reporting this because of politics I think she should be held accountable for it. Because it diminishes the efforts of those who truly were abused in getting justice for what happened to them.

    It is proven threw actually investigation process that it actually happened, then hold this man accountable.

    Like I said, I have three daughters, That is why I am concerned about this being a political ploy, because it hurts abused victims getting justice.

  • turkworks Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    I think the question for Brett Kavanaugh is “did you ever get drunk in prep school?”. If the answer is yes then there’s a chance he did do what he’s accused of but truly doesn’t have a memory of it.

    “Alcoholic blackout doesn't mean passing out. It means wiping out memory.”
    -Denise Cummins Ph.D.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:56 a.m.

    JBs - Logan, UT, your comments are right on the nose! Perfect!

    Notice the deflectors including Hatch trying to bypass their moral duty to hear both sides of the story? And the Deseret News publishes exactly what Hatch says without any qualm? Where is the other side?

    The posters here who would not allow fair haring to be heard are in the same group, like when Anita Hill was brutalized.

    Let's remember that after his contested confirmation, Anita Hill's story was confirmed by dozens of others. Hatch refused to allow them to testify. Anita Hill was the brave woman who stood up and Hatch belittled . She is a hero. She deserves respect in our history books.

    Hatch said: "The best President ever". Really? So sad. This article about Hatch's comments is truly an insult to Dr. Ford. And this paper has an obligation to give both sides instead of what Hatch says.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    "It seems in bad faith to hold this information from Republicans and from the FBI" for more than a month" says Senator Hatch, whose party has withheld mountains of information from the Judiciary Committee for fear that Democrats might see it and ask about it. It is laughable to claim that Sen. Grassley has introduced "regular order" to this proceeding. This is a sham process, whose end is known from the beginning. Every aspect of it is a departure from regular order. Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court and will take his seat as the second sitting justice with a huge sexual abuse asterisk over his head. Maybe given the "Me too" era, Senator Hatch and the rest of the GOP will tone down the rhetoric they used in attacking Anita Hill, whose testimony has been only corroborated over the years, and whose shameful treatment by Sen. Hatch and the others on the committee will be remembered for its callous disregard for victims of powerful men. But the outcome will be the same, because in GOP-land it's more important to have someone who will overturn Roe v. Wade and insulate the president from the consequences of his actions than to ensure full and complete vetting.

  • RFJ OGDEN, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:50 a.m.

    Let's just say, for example, that the accuser's accusation is true, and that as a 17 yr old Kavanaugh in a drunken state did what she claimed. That in the 36 yrs since that time his behavior has been absolutely impeccable. That the many women who have come forth say he has been nothing but kind and his treatment towards them has been honorable. His clerks and interns and formal girlfriends all say his actions towards them has been nothing but respectful. Doesn't that say everything. If he has shown a complete change of behavior from his teen years through his actions over a lifetime doesn't that merit some degree of forgiveness? This action, if true, apparently has never been repeated. He has served honorably on the 1st circuit and has received the ABA's highest recommendation. Now, there are some who would say he should never, ever be forgiven for that act. I would say maybe the problem there is oneself.

  • Rip 3 Kissimmee, FL
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:32 a.m.

    @newsflash ;;you seemed to have your mind made up that this a Democrat trick - like keeping Judge Garland from having a hearing for over a year ( forgot that was a Republican trick!
    You speak as if this delay in reporting sexual abuse is a “women” thing, what happened at Penn State University to the Male football players that were abuse by the Coach? They waited years to disclose the sexual abuses on them.
    This type of abuse is traumatic and some try to blame it on the woman, because boys will be boys. That attitude is long gone in today’s society. The Church’s preach forgiveness and turn the othe cheek , that is easy for men, but a woman is soiled in the eyes of the public if she lets someone violate her. That is why women don’t speak out many times.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    "I wonder how many pointing fingers in all of this have done similar things in their youth? "

    I would hope not very many. If this was an article about smoking pot or lifting a pack of gum from the corner store, I could see your point. Holding a woman down and trying to disrobe her? That's quite a bit more serious, from my point of view.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:25 a.m.

    I can remember the Candidate Trump stating he could shoot someone in New York City and nothing would happen to him.

    He made the Access Hollywood tape famous and has refuted or paid off women for their silence.

    Kavanaugh’s behavior isn’t that much different than what Donald J Trump said on Access Hollywood.

    People still voted for Mr Trump with his behavior publicized.

    If I remember, Mrs Clinton was an abused wife based on her husband’s behavior. She has lived through a lot with her husband.

    Hopefully, this nomination will be thoroughly vetted and the Senator Hatch will not torment Mrs Ford as he did Anita Hill. Both ladies are highly educated and professional for many years.

    Senator Hatch has voted for the “Best President” ever and voted for Justice Thomas. However, he denegrates women that come forward.

    Mrs Ford deserves a considerate Senate panel. There are women on the Democratic side that should help the victim discuss her incident with Kavanaugh and his friend.

    If the event happened and he is not telling the truth about it, that is a significant character flaw for a man that prepared candidates for judgeship and Justice positions.

  • American First Merced, CA
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:24 a.m.

    The democrats have made a mockery of justice using such deceitful and despicable tactics against supreme court nominees since Bork and Thomas. This isn't new and Judge Kavanaugh will take his seat at the bench. I hope voters will remember this leftist treachery in November.

  • Rip 3 Kissimmee, FL
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:15 a.m.

    The Republicans on the panel are all men over 50 years old. They cannot be impartial with their contempt for women as it show that there are no Republican women on the committee. Mr Hatch has already made his mind up about the “women’s version “. He should be more like Sen Hatch who is saying that the allegations are disqualifing if true.

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:12 a.m.

    Re: Harrison Bergeron:

    "Harrison Bergeron: "We should also hear from Ford's students who have said things like:

    "Christine ford is the worst educator I have ever experienced"

    Pray tell us Harrison, what would Ford's students perception of her teaching qualities tell us about her being an victim of an alleged rape attempt.

    We wait your answer with great anticipation.

  • rural citizen Vernal, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 10:10 a.m.

    @ Flashback
    I appreciate hearing a little common sense once in awhile. With anything political, that rarely happens. You said "Juvenile behavior isn't adult behavior and shoudn't be judged as such."
    I wonder how many pointing fingers in all of this have done similar things in their youth? It reminds me of what Jesus Christ once said: " “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7)." I suspect the same result would happen today as happened back then- much silence. As people we tend to be pretty hypocritical!
    Now certainly, I will be accused of making light of these allegations. On the contrary, they are serious, but if in fact, this did take place so many years ago and this man has not made any further mistakes in years, why would it preclude him from acting responsibly and admirably as a judge?

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:41 a.m.

    Let's see. Hatch fully supports Donald Trump and thinks he might be the best president ever. Trump has boasted of sexual assault. Of course, you never can trust Trump with the truth, especially if he is boasting. But still, why should we expect Hatch or the other GOPers in Congress to do other than make this a partisan issue rather than a serious question about a man's fitness to serve on the highest court in the land?

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:36 a.m.

    @Harrison Bergeron: "We should also hear from Ford's students who have said things like:

    "Christine ford is the worst educator I have ever experienced. Avoid taking her class and avoid any interaction with this person. I feel like she has something wrong with her and I am surprised no one has caught this.'

    "Prof. Ford is unprofessional, lacks appropriate filters, and I am honestly scared of her. She’s made comments both in class and in e-mails, if you cross her, you will be on her bad side.""

    ---------
    Wrong Christine Ford--those are reviews for a professor that teaches at a different university and teaches a different subject entirely. Those publicizing this are either really sloppy with their research (when she came out publicly, her name was accompanied with her school and subject), or deliberate deception.

    Incidentally, take a look at the ratings for any professor who doesn't just give everyone A's, and you'll find similar comments from disgruntled students.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:34 a.m.

    This is nothing more than the Democrats pulling an Anita Hill part II.

    There is nothing for the FBI to investigate. There is nothing actionable if this ALLEGED incident happened, which I doubt. We are way past any statute of limitations for anything on this.

    Basically it is a he said she said. No proof, no witnesses (at least from her side). And he said he wasn't even there.

    She deserves to testify. Doesn't mean that anyone will believe her, or needs to believe her.

    Juvenile behavior isn't adult behavior and shoudn't be judged as such.

  • RFJ OGDEN, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:27 a.m.

    Haven't the Democrats said from the start they would do everything in their power to defeat this nomination? They also said that none of the proposed list of Conservatives from the Federalist Society should be confirmed. If not Kavenaugh, no one else will be acceptable to them either. They have made this about Roe vs Wade from the beginning. No restriction whatsoever on abortions, even late term. All we have heard from a biased media has from the start taken the side of the accuser. Rarely mentioned is the signed list of 65 women who have known and worked for Kavenaugh stating how his behavior has been nothing but honorable towards this. Usually, someone who is accussed of sexual assault has numerous accusations from others . This is not the case here. Something is not right about this whole thing.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:20 a.m.

    Life will be grand again with a GOP minority---

  • Aggielove Caldwell, ID
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:18 a.m.

    May I present to you Clarence Thomas 2.0
    Kavanaugh will be voted in.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:15 a.m.

    Even my liberal friends are laughing about the "timing" on this one.

    Surely this isn't political. Nothing to see here folks. Move along....

  • Todd_i Midway, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:10 a.m.

    I'm a conservative leaning Independent, which means I'm still confused why Pres Obama's nominee did not get consideration 30 months ago.

    But, now we are here and this situation doesn't add up. First, a professor with multiple degrees doesn't have the confidence to bring this up when Kav was vetted for Circuit Court? Second, she is absolutely sure this is the person--yet the party was a co-school event so Kav was not someone she saw each day at school or ever claimed to see again? Third, this was a drunken high school party where full control over the brain is missing (which drunk should we believe? Ford or Kav & Judge). Fourth, why did she never tell a friend at the time? (Ford claims there were four other people at the party, but none ever asked why she ran from the house.) Fifth, she names Kav & Judge but none of the few others that were there? Sixth, her letter to Feinstein said she wanted confidentiality until she could put her records together--so why did Feinstein wait so long to disclose when Ford had already agreed to go public?

    Ford should be taken seriously and have an opportunity to speak. But, at this point it stinks of partisan politics.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:08 a.m.

    @Newsflash "If you believe Kavanaugh did this, and it is a serious charge, then why did you wait three months to reveal it?"'

    Because until now the woman would not reveal her name.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 18, 2018 9:07 a.m.

    This shows why it's bad that the Republicans are trying to race through this confirmation. This candidate was not properly vetted, the fact that Republicans have held back so much information about Kavanaugh. It just gives the impression they're trying to hide something.

  • Canneryrow St. George, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:56 a.m.

    The morality of politics is amusing. The righteous indignation during the Clinton/Lewinsky days disappears during the Trump era. The vetting of a supreme court nominee must now include his or her elementary school years. Our very own lifetime senator seems to know someone he has never met to be mistaken.

    It just makes you shake your head with disgust.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:41 a.m.

    The Pride of Utah - Orrin Hatch.

  • kreese Ivins, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:33 a.m.

    Here we go again, instead of an October Surprise, we have a September Surprise. This has gone on beginning with George Bush Sr. Feinstein has had this information since July.

    I watched Ted Kennedy, of all people, hammer Robert Bork, and the character assignation of Clarence Thomas. This has to stop. And Donald Trump is dividing the country?

  • NewsFlash Kearns, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:27 a.m.

    Having three daughters, and also having to deal with young men who thought it was fun to harass my daughter, I am one for letting this women be heard.

    Having said that, my question to the liberals and Democrats is simple:

    If you believe Kavanaugh did this, and it is a serious charge, then why did you wait three months to reveal it?

    This would have put his nomination in serious jeopardy, had you revealed it earlier.

    I think the committee should invite this women to testify under oath about the allegations. If she is proven to fabricate this story, she should be held accountable. Diane Feinstein should loose her seat on the committee for pulling such a shady "Gotcha" on the committee.

    If this proves to be false and nothing more than a ploy to derail the nomination, then the democrats has minimized the issue of sexual assault and harassment. So the next time someone accuses a person seeking an office of this type of harassment, people will remember this case and minimize the accuser case.

    Thanks a lot democrats.

  • TheJester American Fork, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:26 a.m.

    @Copybook Headings

    Just what "precedent" did Biden and Schumer engage in? Never did either of those gentlemen put a halt to a Supreme Court nomination. Not once. Talking hypothetically about holding up a nomination isn't a precedent, it's a dinner conversation. Leave it to our Republican friends to create real precedent with the treatment they gave President Obama and Judge Garland.

    Also, let's provide context for the changes made in the Senate regarding confirmation of judges. Prior to the rule change that eliminated filibusters of federal judicial nominees, there had been 128 filibusters of nominees in the history of the Senate, and half had occurred during the Obama administration. Republicans had determined that they were going to block any action by Obama, regardless of "precedent".

    So, please, spare me your concern about "precedent". Republicans are perfectly fine blowing up the place as long as it meets whatever policy goal they have in mind. (Which normally involves robbing from the poor to give to the rich...)

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    The GOP sees the writing on the wall. Their time in power is fleeting but by cramming the courts with conservative, white, middle age males their policies can still have an impact for another 20 years. In their minds the means, justify the ends. Truth, respect, honor mean little. How else do you explain their adulation for Trump, a man who boasted about his own sexual prowess and has dozens of women suing him for exactly that.

  • neece Hyde Park, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:17 a.m.

    I am truly concerned. First I am glad women who were truly assaulted is coming forth and making that person accountable for what they did. However and I do mean however... I am concerned that women may be coming forth in an attempt to discredit, destroy or mame their credibility when the event did not actually happen. That would set back women who were genuinely assaulted. As for the professor, not to nullify her claim, but weren't we all idiots in high school? Look at the good or bad that person has done since then. Meet together and work out the problem without slander.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:07 a.m.

    My opinion is that Hatch has a proven record of being obtuse on nearly every subject. His retirement should have happened 30 years ago. We are all worse off by having him be our senator.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 8:09 a.m.

    As others have asked, how does Hatch know this woman was mistaken? The only sure way is if he was there; he wasn't. Or he's omniscient; he's not.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 7:49 a.m.

    "How can Hatch know a woman he has never met or knows nothing about is mistaken? What does he base his prejudice on?"

    The answer's simple! His prejudice.

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 7:45 a.m.

    Make all of them take a lie detector test on live TV. My guess is that the lady would take one and the other two Mark Judge and Kavanaugh will refuse on legal mumble-jumble grounds .

  • CH Cougar PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 7:26 a.m.

    We have collectively lost our minds treating this 36 year old flimsy high school allegation seriously. Anything this long ago short of accessory to murder or manslaughter should be a “serious” matter and we know from experience even that would not be “disqualifying” for a Democrat.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 7:09 a.m.

    @Fully Present: Simple answer. For money!

    Please let this good man be sustained as a member of the SCOTUS! Let the Dem party politics be seen for what it is, disruptive!

    God bless the USA, and President Trump!

  • Utah Soldier Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 6:23 a.m.

    speaking as a conservative and republican -

    The republican on the Senate have only themselves to blame for what we are seeing with today's SCOTUS situation. Even though Joe Biden stated that SCOTUS nominations shouldn't be heard during a election (and I believe he meant Presidential, based upon the context of his remarks), hearings on Merrick Garland should have been heard. I seriously doubt he would have received enough votes for confirmation.

    The democrats are simply using every tactic they can to stall this nomination so they can get someone they prefer. Unfortunately, everybody will lose as the tactics will continue with the next SCOTUS nomination.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 6:15 a.m.

    Democrats get burned with every new low they sink to. You'd think they'd learn. Merrick Garland didn't get a hearing because of precedents set by Biden and Schumer. Kavanaugh will be confirmed because of a precedent set by Reid. If he doesn't get confirmed because of this '11th hour, October surprise' the next SC Justice nominated by Democrats will be eaten alive (and deservedly so).

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 18, 2018 6:00 a.m.

    Time Magazine this morning has an interesting retrospect on the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearing from 1991, and Hatch is reportedly remembered as going after Professor Hill's credibility regarding her "recollection" of events, even accusing her to making up Thomas's unwanted sexual talk with her as coming from the book, the Exorcist, and another sexual harassment court case.

    For Hatch to immediately state that Professor Ford is "mistaken" before hearing her testimony and allowing the facts to more fully come out suggests that he's already dismissing the professor's experiences and is followiing his tactics from 1991.

  • Mary Mc Lacey, WA
    Sept. 18, 2018 12:20 a.m.

    How can Hatch know a woman he has never met or knows nothing about is mistaken? What does he base his prejudice on?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 11:14 p.m.

    Why would she be willing to come out of the shadows, give up her privacy, put up with public attacks like this, and testify before Congress if she was lying? Who does that?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 10:51 p.m.

    @HSTucker " A fundamental principle of the US justice system is a presumption of innocence, not a presumption of guilt. "

    This is not a trial or a matter of criminal justice. It is a confirmation hearing and there are no rules, only the evaluations of the senators based on what they learn and their own "gut feelings."

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 9:16 p.m.

    Merrick Garland ?The guy who suffered tit for tat for what Democrats had done to a Republican nominated Jurist previously ? These kinds of things are hard to stop, The Democrats started a new one with the Senate filibuster rules, that the Republicans subsequently used to Get the Gorsuch nomination through. Humpty - Dumpty is hard to put together again.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 8:41 p.m.

    Hatch needs to ride off into the sunset.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 8:37 p.m.

    Nice to see our senator keeping an objective mind going into the testimonies next week. Hatch cannot retire soon enough. So tired of being embarrassed by him.

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:49 p.m.

    We have so little information at this point. It is completely conceivable that they both are telling the truth. She very well could have been assaulted by someone she believe to be him. She equally could have been mistaken on who that person was. If what happened to her happened, could sounded like a very chaotic and terrifying event. It is possible that her recollection not that the event happened is mistaken, but who the actors in that event were.

    Or she could be telling the complete truth.

    I am not sure this still should be disqualifying. I know a lot of guys who acted in less than honorable ways with young ladies back at that age. I think we all do. And we know a lot of these guys grew up, understood what they had done was wrong, and turned into honorable, good family men.

    If there was a continuous trail of these kinds of stories, or that theses events happened recently, completely different story. But then again, we know that at least 40% of Americans see nothing wrong with a person of that kind of character.

  • Copy Cat Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:30 p.m.

    And the Borking pattern continues, again and again and again. Since the default of any nominee of the unfavored party gets called a wolf, we will never know when a real wolf is in the flock. We can thank the fake wolf cries for that.

    If we women want to be taken seriously, it is important not to make accusations on party lines. It makes women look bad, and it makes men look bad. Lose-lose. And it especially hurts women who are victims of sexual assault.

  • Gone outback Australia, 00
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:16 p.m.

    I enjoy hearing the same moral objections by the democrats about a republican nominee that I would expect to hear from the republicans if the democrats had put forth a candidate with the same allegations made against him.

    Neither party has any moral credibility. Democrats tend to disparage people of faith (Christianity in particular), praise abortion, and tend to be supported by wealthy, corrupt celebrities; Republicans are widely supportive of a lying, narcissistic, adulterous president, support capital punishment, seem to be less concerned with caring for the earth and the environment, and tend to be supported by wealthy, corrupt big business interests that "oppress the hireling" in their wages.

    Where is the political home in the U.S. for a person of faith?

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:14 p.m.

    Certainly hope it will be a televised hearing.

    Might be an opportunity for Corey Booker to have another "Spartacus moment"?

    🤔

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:11 p.m.

    @John J

    Wait. Even if he attended the "party", we should not hastily conclude that he did what this woman alleges.

    Shouldn't we wait to hear from both sides before coming to any conclusions?

    Just asking.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:08 p.m.

    Can't wait to hear this woman's testimony and the cross examination. Also, the testimony of Mark Judge and any others who were at the "party".

    Certainly hope that it is a televised hearing. Should make great "theater".

    Surely, there will be many opportunities for more "Spartacus" moments.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 7:03 p.m.

    Anita Hill's testimony and your response this time seem eerily similar. Nothing like having an impartial hearing this time either, is there, Sir? And nothing like learning nothing from past mistakes. You had your opportunity and you just blew it.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 6:41 p.m.

    Kavanaugh says he was not even at the party. Although the party was decades ago, the FBI should be able to contact people who were at the party and ask them if Kavanaugh was there. If no one remembers Kavanaugh being at the party, the balance of weight is with him. But, if someone does remember him being there, then give credence to Ford's accusations.

  • DesertBill St. George, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 6:37 p.m.

    Harrison Bergeron - Holladay , UT

    You left off Donald Trump from your list.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 6:25 p.m.

    It's a bad look for Orrin Hatch specifically and Utah in general when he refers to a doctor, a clinical psychology professor and a biostatistician at a large university as being "mixed up".

    That's not going to wear well in the minds of women voters when they wake up on November 6th and head to the voting booths.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 6:11 p.m.

    Well, there we have it. Democrats are setting precedent for their own future nominees to the Supreme Court. All Republicans have to do is get a woman to accuse their nominee of sexual misconduct back in high school. The nominee was a drunk teenager of course. The victim will scrub her Facebook page of anti-conservative posts just before going public. The Republicans and the FBI will hold her accusations private until just before the vote is about to take place.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Sept. 17, 2018 6:06 p.m.

    Given what the Republicans did to Anita Hill, it takes a lot of guts to come forward and tell the world just what kind of man this Kavanaugh really is. IMHO, he does not see women as equal participants in the game of life, despite the prepared lists of support he has dredged up.

    Furthermore IMHO, this man does not deserve his current job as an apellate judge, must less elevation to the Supreme Court. Surely, there are other candidates who can satisfy the party of trump in their eternal march toward right wing domination of the Courts.

    I believe the women who have come forward at great cost to their personal lives. It is long time for our Senators to do so as well.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Sept. 17, 2018 5:53 p.m.

    This is not a criminal case and rules of evidence do not need to be recognized. It is, however, a case of court of public opinion and it's perfectly valid (just like the GOP's handling of Garland was a perfectly valid approach).

    Trump is wavering on Kavanaugh - time to nominate Barrett!

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 5:51 p.m.

    "She not only deserves to be heard, but believed."

    No. A fundamental principle of the US justice system is a presumption of innocence, not a presumption of guilt. Not only is this considered a human right in the USA, but also an international human right under the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 5:49 p.m.

    Senator Hatch's "mistaken" theory is puzzling. If some drunk guy held you down, laid on top of you and covered your mouth and tried to take your clothes off against your will, you'd definitely remember for a long time. She's either telling the truth or she's not, but the chances that she could be "mistaken" are pretty much nil.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 4:20 p.m.

    In the essence of time, I think she should be heard this week with Mark Judge giving his testimony as well, since he was accused as well.. This was a last-ditch Dem effort to suppress the vote on this fine judge. It's also an outward attack on President Trump.

    When I first heard this, my first thought was, "There has to have been a hefty payout to have this brought forward at this time!' I still feel that way. We'll probably never know!

    God bless the USA! And, God bless President Trump!

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 4:01 p.m.

    Part of the problem in the past is women, and men, not being believed when they have come forward to report sexual assault. Those who accuse falsely set things back terribly. Those who don't believe true accusations or excuse assault for political expediency contribute exponentially to that culture. How will we know if these accusations are true or not if this woman isn't heard? If political expediency, i.e. getting a Republican nominee rammed through to the Supreme Court in time for midterm elections, is all that matters to some, our country is in far worse shape than is currently obvious.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 3:51 p.m.

    Frankly, Ford does not deserve to be heard. This is simply a ploy by Democrats to delay confirmation of an obviously qualified Justice. With this judge's record of supporting our Constitution and given the fact this alleged incident happened in high school, it is absolutely and unequivocally irrelevant. The accuser should be ashamed to be used by Democrats who have no real reason to deny Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation. If he is not immediately confirmed, the high school activities of every member of the Senate who opposes his confirmation should be immediately investigated. The Democrats must be shown their last minute sexual assault accusations, long after statutes of limitations have run, withheld until just before an election or confirmation, will not work again and again to defame conservatives with decades of honorable service.

  • screenname Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 3:40 p.m.

    It's a shame the sexism that is put on display in some of these comments is so socially acceptable. Simply because you change the target from women to men does not make your sexism different.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 3:41 p.m.

    Yes Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard. And she should testify and be cross examined without delaying the vote. We should also hear from Mark Judge whom she claims intervened to stop the "assault," but who has said: "It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.”

    We should also hear from Ford's who's behavior has been reported on professor rating websites. Then we should here from Kavanaugh's students as well as his female colleagues, interns, clerks, etc.

    If Kavanaugh is the person Ford describes, there will have been other victims and a pattern of behavior that can be easily verified. When people commit sexual assault or harassment, there always seems to be a pattern and more victims (see Ted Kennedy, Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Les Moonves, John Conyers, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Charlie Rose, etc.).

  • TerraPack Sandy, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 3:08 p.m.

    No; last minute accusations should not be given any significant time or weight!

    America has this quaint custom of guaranteeing a speedy trial. This ensures that the details of an alleged crime can be put to the test while still fresh in the minds of all involved. Looking back at America's 2 and 1/2 centuries of jurisprudence, uncountable millions of possible crimes have gone untried/unpunished for lack of supporting evidence within the time limits set by the law.

    Waiting 35 years to pop up accusations against a person who has already been through the Senate confirmation hearing process twice before, is far beyond reasonable or trustworthy.

    If this were an alleged murder, there would be no question, as there is no time limit. But, it's not! The alleged crime was never brought to the attention of authorities. It wasn't brought up for either of the two previous confirmation hearings with investigation by the FBI. It is far too late for such recriminations.

    Democrats would do anything to stop this confirmation, anything!

    This untrustworthy attack on Judge Kavanaugh should be quickly heard and disposed of. Confirmation should proceed, as scheduled.

  • sherlock holmes Vernal, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 2:58 p.m.

    This is not going to be pretty. Already a significant amount of mud has been found in the life of this professor. She will be defined and destroyed by the process, not the Republicans.

    She should get somewhat favorable treatment by most of the liberal press, as they love these kind of stories. But, if you step into the kitchen, the heat level rises considerably.

    The similarities between this situation and when Anita Hill finally stepped forward are uncanny.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    Sept. 17, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    She not only deserves to be heard, but believed.

    According to an Ipsos poll, 8 of 10 Americans think a victim of sexual assault should be given the benefit of the doubt. It makes sense because why would someone put themselves out there for ridicule if they aren't telling the truth. They don't. And fake stories become clear very fast.

    Trump is being uncharacteristically reasonable. He should now go further, withdraw the nomination, and quickly nominate a woman. Real fast before this goes all the way down the drain. He still has a shot at putting someone on the court before the midterms.

  • Sal Provo, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    From now on it would probably be best to just nominate females to become Supreme Court Justices. We could avoid what appears to be the inevitable accusations of sex abuse to try to stop a nominee. In fact, all of our representatives should be females, for the same reasons.

  • "Hakuna Matata" Vernal, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 2:05 p.m.

    I am holding you to your words Mr. Hatch which to me "common sense" would say sorting and vetting things out to give this Professor Ford equal time to be heard fairly and not rushed through and in the case of the career politicians like you who often talked and oblivious to a live and open microphones during hearings, avoid doing their responsibilities to the taxpayers. Put Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh under oath and let them testify and then allowed the people, the taxpayers to decide. This is why the career politicians needed to be vote out because all they care about is themselves and their loyalty to their parties. Let's vote them out folks.

  • FightingbigC Houston, Texas
    Sept. 17, 2018 1:43 p.m.

    Any accuser needs to be heard?

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 1:42 p.m.

    When Clarence Thomas was confirmed, Hatch showed nothing but contempt for Anita Hill as she testified in great detail about the sexual harassment she experienced from Thomas. In spite of years passing and a lot of people coming forward with their own experiences with sexual harrassment, I doubt much has changed, at least judging from his recent remarks. And not just Hatch. Hopefully I'm wrong.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 1:17 p.m.

    Yes, Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard. And she should testify and be cross examined WITHOUT delaying the vote. We should also hear from Mark Judge whom she claims intervened to stop the "assault," but who has said: "It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.”

    We should also hear from Ford's students who have said things like:

    "Christine ford is the worst educator I have ever experienced. Avoid taking her class and avoid any interaction with this person. I feel like she has something wrong with her and I am surprised no one has caught this.'

    "Prof. Ford is unprofessional, lacks appropriate filters, and I am honestly scared of her. She’s made comments both in class and in e-mails, if you cross her, you will be on her bad side."

    Then let's hear from Kavanaugh's female colleagues, law students, interns, clerks, etc. When people commit sexual assault or harassment, there is always a pattern (see Ted Kennedy, Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Les Moonves, John Conyers, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Charlie Rose, etc.). If Kavanaugh is the person Ford describes, there will have been other victims and a pattern of behavior that can be easily verified.

  • airnaut Everett, WA
    Sept. 17, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    A Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Thursday he would help moderate jurist Merrick Garland win Senate confirmation if President Barack Obama nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    “I have no doubts that Garland would get a lot of (Senate) votes. And I will do my best to help him get them,” added Hatch.

    And then stalled for nearly 2 years, NOT to give him a hearing.

    =========

    fast forward to 2018
    40 days of ram rodding later, with barely 4% of documents being released...

    NBC news reports during serious allegations of attempted rape:

    Hatch said Kavanaugh is 'honest' and 'straightforward,'
    and said after talking "to Kavanaugh the woman might be 'MIXED UP.'

    How about WE put a great big old TIME OUT on this whole hearing circus,
    until we get things sorted out, Mr. Hatch!

    By my count -- you should have over 400 days left to do it!...

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 17, 2018 12:51 p.m.

    "Process must be followed"? Like Merrick Garland? The guy Hatch endorsed? This is the definition of hypocrisy.