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Kavanaugh's Accuser Has Not Responded to Senate Requests to Testify

Kavanaugh's Accuser Has Not Responded to Senate Requests to Testify

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party 36 years ago when they both were teenagers in Maryland.

But the president says Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track". When asked if Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, Trump replied that was a "ridiculous question".

Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

"Now the whole nation's trying to figure out something that's not really evident", said Sen. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led". He said the process should be delayed "until it's finished". If there is credible evidence that Kavanaugh committed a crime, the American people deserve to know and Ford deserves justice. Kavanaugh has denied the claims, calling them "completely false". Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted yesterday, "Christine Blasey Ford is courageous, deserves to be heard, and treated with respect as she raises new questions about Brett Kavanaugh". Party leaders made that concession under pressure from senators demanding that the nominee and his accuser give public, sworn testimony before any vote on Trump's nominee.

Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.

The left forgives President Bill Clinton despite his affair with a young intern and other allegations of abuse, and it forgives the Democratic lion Ted Kennedy for his complicity in the death of a young woman - because they align on the issues, Feehery points out.

"Dr. Ford may have been forced into the limelight against her will, just as Anita Hill was, but the treatment she receives should be different", wrote Lapidus. He added later, "You're raising legitimate questions that are still in my mind". Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a long-time member of the Judiciary Committee and a former chairman told NPR's Morning Edition. And now Democrats have the president's own standard to argue for why Republicans both should extend the Kavanaugh process and eventually vote against Kavanaugh.

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Senate Republicans seemed to recognize the danger of appearing insensitive, said Ford O'Connell, a Republican strategist.

Ford also alleges that a friend of Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, was a participant in the incident.

On Tuesday, the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the FBI and White House counsel Donald McGahn asking the agency to complete an investigation into the allegations before a public hearing.

While the system may be in no better shape to soberly evaluate the claims, Hill said, the populace is at least better prepared to hear them. In the room, Kavanaugh reportedly, "pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it". "He is someone [who is] beloved", she said.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

If the judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6, when congressional control will be at stake.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to members of the media outside her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 17, 2018. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously".


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