Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump defends Supreme Court pick after sex assault allegation

Trump defends Supreme Court pick after sex assault allegation

Kavanaugh has denied remembering anything about that reported party.

This is a very tough thing for him and his family. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley had invited the woman-Dr.

"Whether or not it is going to be anything more than just a sham proceeding so that the senators can say, 'We gave her a chance to talk, ' and then move on to doing exactly what they were intending to do before she came forward", she said. "Every shred of evidence points to the fact that Dr. Ford, who has everything to lose and nothing to gain from this vicious process, is telling the truth, and that Brett Kavanaugh has lied over and over again". And since that time, she has been dealing with hate mail, harassment, death threats. The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited him and Ford to testify at a hearing Monday, although Ford's lawyers say she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies.

"There are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding".

Grassley said Wednesday that he is still seeking to get Ford to testify Monday either in "any format she's comfortable [with]", but tweeted that "no other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary".

Why did the Senate set a deadline?

President Trump has been increasingly vocal in his defense of Kavanaugh since a confidential letter that detailed assault allegations became public, but has largely stayed away from publicly challenging the accuser's credibility - unlike his eldest son.

The Senate, the committee chairman notes, "and only the Senate", is tasked with vetting a president's Supreme Court nominee. He said Monday the committee would hold a public hearing early next week to "provide ample transparency".

She alleged Mr Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" at the time. They say she can testify in a private session if she wishes.

And Ford's lawyer told NPR this week that the party occurred in the summertime.

What is the allegation against the judge?

McCaskill said in a statement her decision is not based on the allegations of sexual assault in the 1980s against the judge made by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, "but rather on his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy".

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

The incident allegedly happened at a gathering of teenagers at a house, when Mr Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom.

She supported that statement by citing an email sent by Kavanaugh in March 2002 to formerAssociate White House Counsel Helgard C. Walker.

What are Trump and other Republicans saying?

"I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump told reporters at the White House.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting".

Christine Blasey Ford-and Kavanaugh to both testify on Monday. Even if Sen. Collins changes her vote to a "no", Vice President Mike Pence could still cast the deciding vote in his role as president of the Senate.

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