Trump pushes Supreme Court pick's sex accuser to testify

What the man accused of helping Kavanaugh assault a woman wrote...

What the man accused of helping Kavanaugh assault a woman wrote...

Ford and Kavanaugh were both expected to appear at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday to give their sides of the story, but that seemed to have changed Tuesday with a letter to Committee Chairman Sen.

Ford has alleged that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her 36 years ago when the two were in high school, although she has not specified a date or place during which the incident may have occurred.

The furious jockeying over Ford's testimony underscores the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of both the House and Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the high court for decades.

The sexual assault allegation should be fully investigated, Sack said, but in the meantime, Ford shouldn't be dismissed as less than credible. Her family has relocated, they said.

Since she reluctantly went public, her e-mail has been hacked and she has faced a barrage of harassment including death threats.

Grassley said the committee offered Ford "the opportunity to share her story" in a public or a private hearing, or staff interviews, "whichever makes her most comfortable".

Her lawyer said that before her client goes to Congress, she wants an FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh. "He is basically responding to hearsay, what the reporter says, the reporter heard, the complainant tell the reporter".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. For that matter, would Democrats even accept a probe that - as with Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas - couldn't confirm her allegation?

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The letter on Tuesday said that Ford "wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement".

Will Ford testify before the Senate?

Last week, the US President's candidate said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.

Feinstein might have relished the idea of Kavanaugh withdrawing and the chaos that would cause, and could still happen, but she created a win-win situation.

Christine Blasey Ford, 51, now a psychology professor in California, said a very intoxicated Kavanaugh cornered her in a bedroom during a party in the early 1980s.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said on Wednesday that she hopes Prof Ford "will reconsider and testify" on Monday.

In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to testify Monday. Perhaps they hope that the longer they string this out, the more unlikely it will be for the president to restrain his Twitter finger and that he will say something to outrage women voters. "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 it is an enormous act of courage understanding the risks that would come her way, she chose to tell her story and not have others mischaracterize it".

She also says Kavanaugh's friend at the time, Mark Judge, cranked up music in the locked room so her cries of protest couldn't be heard.

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