No Need For FBI To Investigate Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Again — GRASSLEY

Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen (BRED'-uh-sen) says the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story". "The FBI provides information on a confidential basis in order for decision makers to determine an individual's suitability", Grassley's committee office said.

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she will testify.

Grassley rejected that idea Wednesday. But as the claims force new hearings on Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republicans - men, all of them - may have more to lose.

In the Senate, the issue of whether, when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women.

"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth", said Lisa Banks, Ford's attorney, in a statement to CNN. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said during a news conference Tuesday. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump said. They're not interested in the Supreme Court. "This is a situation that is stacked...."

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump showered sympathy on Kavanaugh. "I hope Republican voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook".

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her accusation before she would testify.

Support for Kavanaugh was higher among Republicans, but fewer than two out of three, or 64 percent, said they were in favor of his nomination. "The invitation for Monday still stands".

If Ford opts not to testify, Kavanaugh's chances for confirmation in the Republican-led Senate could be boosted, with senators in Trump's party so far remaining largely supportive.

Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced.

Ford said that at the time of the alleged incident, Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were "stumbling drunk" and Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes. "Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who recently said he wouldn't be comfortable voting to confirm Kavanaugh until Ford is heard, tweeted, ".Republicans extended a hand (to Ford) in good faith. Nine days after President Ronald Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court, he withdrew.

The White House under President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate.

Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.

"She continues to believe that a full nonpartisan investigation of this matter is needed, and she is willing to cooperate with the committee", Banks said in the statement. It can be open.

"The only reason you don't ask", his former colleague Baker said, "is if you don't want the answer". The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes. "We have to make plans for her to come and that's what I'm concentrating on". Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation, and Judge says he doesn't remember any such thing.

"More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", Judge said in a letter to the panel. "She knew this would have a huge effect on her life and she was incredibly fearless to come forward", she said. But that may be moot if Ford declines to appear. In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, he says the allegations against Kavanaugh, if true, are "close to being disqualifying, if not disqualifying".

Anita Hill speaks at a discussion about sexual harassment at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., Dec. 8, 2017. Kavanaugh has called the allegations "completely false".

"There are gaps in her memory", Cornyn said. "And it is not the woman's fault". Kavanaugh and Ford were both students at elite private schools near Washington. She says she escaped when Judge jumped on the bed.


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