Gillibrand, Dems call for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh accusations

Gillibrand, Dems call for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh accusations

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford are invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on Monday, but Ford has called for the FBI to investigate the matter before she testifies.

Ford might choose to appear on Monday, and make a powerful opening statement accusing Republicans of running a sham investigation into her allegations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump says "we'll have to make a decision" if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual-assault accuser "makes a credible showing" before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours, three or four times, by email, and we have not heard from them", Grassley said.

Trump also said he feels badly for Kavanaugh, his wife and their children. "No other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary for the Cmte to do its investigation", Grassley's tweet read.

"Hopefully, the woman will come forward, state her case. he will state his case before resp of the USS. and then they'll vote. we will see what happens", Trump said.

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There will now be hearings, scheduled for next week, to allow both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify about this accusation before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation. He repeated his frequent assertion that the USA has been the victim of unfair trade practices, saying "we've been ripped off by China, we've been ripped off by.the European Union, we've been ripped off by everybody".

Ford's attorneys say she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies.

"If I were her lawyer, I'd be very concerned that it's under these kind of totally disadvantageous conditions", said Sen.

All 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are men.

President Trump amplified his support Tuesday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a sexual assault allegation, saying he feels "terribly" for Kavanaugh and his family. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has offered Ford the chance to testify in a closed hearing.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. She claimed the incident occurred in high school when he was drunk at a party; Kavanaugh denied those allegations. "I know - I can tell you this - that Judge Kavanaugh is anxious to do it". Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailing the allegations. Feinstein has said she did not disclose a letter she received from Ford because Ford initially did not want to be publicly identified. An aide to a member of the Senate's Democratic leadership told CNN that, "outside counsel doesn't vote on Kavanaugh".