Woman willing to testify over Trump's nominee

It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court.

But two years later, the president and his party are facing a headwind of opposition from women in the midterm election that the Kavanaugh allegation could amplify. "She should be heard".

Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in. Grassley previously stated that he had reached out to his Democratic counterpart on the committee, U.S. Sen.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of trying to attack her and remove her clothing in the early 1980s when they were both high school students. Judge subsequently told The New York Times that not only did he never see a sexual assault, but that such behavior would be wildly out of character for the Catholic-raised-and-educated boys who went to Georgetown Prep in the early 80s.

A quote from a playwright runs alongside the family photos on Mark Judge's page in his high school yearbook: "Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs".

"This is a completely false allegation", he said in a statement issued through the White House on Monday morning.

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", he said.

Conspicuously missing from the public remarks of Republicans on Monday was a vociferous defense of Kavanaugh. She said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on them, sending them tumbling and giving her an opportunity to get out of the room.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said he would be willing to "refute" a sexual assault allegation before a Senate panel.

"If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".

"I think he's very much on track".

While the president stood behind his nominee, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took pains to display concern for Kavanaugh's accuser.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored". "This woman will be heard".

Feinstein had been in possession of the letter since July, but did not question Kavanaugh about its contents before or during his appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh's once-assured confirmation has now been thrown into question, angering Trump and prompting his aides to evaluate their options moving forward.

Another neighbor says she believes Ford "100 percent", adding, "Why would she go through this?" The letter read, in part, "Many of us have remained close friends with him and his family over the years. His nomination should be put on hold until those hearing are complete".

"What is puzzling to me", GOP Sen. "The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed", Grassley said in the statement. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday said Ford has yet to respond to the invitation, even after being contacted by the staff several times over the course of roughly 36 hours.

This latest development comes as Kavanaugh is reportedly set to speak to judiciary committee staffers at 5:30 p.m. EST about the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford. "If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".

Republicans had also displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination.

Still, the risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high. Over the weekend, Ford came forward publicly in an interview with the Washington Post.


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