Washington is holding its breath while the FBI investigates Brett Kavanaugh, US President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court bench. Kavanaugh’s elevation to the highest court — scheduled to have been done and dusted by this past Monday — appeared paved with Republican gold until a series of last-minute allegations caused a delay. The prime hiccup was the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a widely published professor of psychology at Palo Alto University. Ford calmly and credibly placed it on record that Kavanaugh had drunk himself into a near-stupor before pinning her down on a bed while a friend watched and "grinding" his crotch against her. Questioned by a specialist prosecutor, she brought her country to a standstill with her testimony. He was, she said, so drunk that he was unable to remove her clothing. She escaped and kept her secret for decades. Republicans, including Trump, had no choice but to admit to her credibility. In testimony during which he grimaced, so...

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