Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination

Kavanaugh accuser comes forward as Democrats seek to block SCOTUS nomination

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should not get involved and reiterated his support for Kavanaugh, who he said is "anxious" to testify. "At the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is flawless, everything is just right".

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Thursday, but it may now be delayed. Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed and groped her through her clothes, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her clothes, the Post quoted Ford as saying.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand, said that she believes Ford and that assault can change lives forever.

Dr. Ford's attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated.

Trump says he wants everyone to have the chance to speak out and Kavanaugh is "very anxious" to testify in his defense. Republicans have been careful to be seen as giving Ford a chance to be heard, mindful that outright dismissal of her accusation could hurt on Election Day. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) said the public has "heard from" Judge already in his statement denying the allegations.

Donald Trump defended Brett Kavanaugh on Monday afternoon in a session with reporters in the wake of the sexual assault allegations launched at his SCOTUS nominee.

When Anita Hill accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991, there were four women in the Senate and none on the Senate judiciary committee. One thing I will say is that as I understand it, Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein and it wasn't even brought up at that meeting and she had this information. Ford said she decided it was her "civic responsibility" to come forward, and now a new hearing will take place. McConnell says a woman's claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago is "completely at variance" with everything else known about his past. In a letter to Sen.

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The accusations first surfaced last week, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., before Thursday's scheduled vote. Kavanaugh, the Republican president's second nominee for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, has denied the allegations. That's critical for the integrity both of Kavanaugh's nomination and of the Supreme Court.

Judge has said the incident never happened. The letter's contents leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. But Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) said that the vote should not be held until senators hear more about the allegations.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the standard procedure would be to conduct follow-up telephone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford.

Murkowski told CNN Monday that she's open to a delay in the committee vote.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. Schumer said it would be "simply inadequate" to only have two witnesses testify next Monday.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", said Conway, who added that Kavanaugh should also have an opportunity under oath to address Ford's allegations.

According to Ms. Murray, these are the seats Democrats must win to take control of the Senate from Republicans. Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S. White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway appeared to set the tone across multiple morning shows on Monday when she pushed for Ford to be allowed to testify before lawmakers.