Kavanaugh allegations lead to White House scramble

J. Scott Applewhite  APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

J. Scott Applewhite APBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 4 2018

"He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films", Anita Hill testified more than two decades ago when the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas.

On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the woman who wrote the confidential letter to Diane Feinstein accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.

Grassley said during an interview with Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday morning that Ford, despite multiple attempts, has not responded to requests for testimony on Monday.

"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. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". Ford tells the Post that she sent a letter about Kavanaugh to Senator Dianne Feinstein via Eshoo's office.

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

But on Monday, after The Washington Post identified Kavanaugh's accuser as Christine Blasey Ford, hundreds of women from the prestigious Holton-Arms school in Bethesda, Maryland-including actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus-signed an open letter supporting their fellow alumna. Ford has not yet said if she will attend.

Ford's attorney said Monday her client was willing to testify publicly about the allegations on Capitol Hill, where a key Kavanaugh confirmation vote was scheduled this week. "She is now being given an opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions, and I really hope that she doesn't pass up that opportunity". Hill joined Gwen Ifill in 2016 to look back at the case, her experience and how it would have been different today.

Washington State Sen. Patty Murray, the number three Democrat, told reporters that an FBI investigation is necessary to ensure a full and impartial assessment of the accusations.

"She's willing to testify under oath", the senator said.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Sept. 4 2018 in Washington D.C
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The president seems resigned to senators delaying what had been an expected Thursday vote by the judicial committee after the allegation from a professor at a California university threw Kavanaugh's confirmation into some doubt.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", he said in a statement distributed by the White House.

Ford said in the interview with the newspaper that Kavanaugh threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth.

Two women who dated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and who knew him in high school issued statements defending his character in response to an accusation of sexual misconduct.

Saphier said the Democrats are using the allegations as a political tool do kill another Republican nomination, but are ignoring their own past.

"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known". Thomas was confirmed, but the hearings had huge political ramifications and raised awareness of workplace sexual harassment. According to sources familiar with the FBI's background investigation process, the allegation was passed on to the White House, but the agency would take no further action unless ordered to do so by the White House.

Democrats, who seized on the development as justification to delay the high-stakes nomination, could energize complacent Republican voters if they're viewed as playing politics with the sensitive allegation.

Judge Kavanaugh insists no such incident occurred, with Ms. Ford or anyone else.

Kavanaugh has had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week.

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